4 million Syrian refugees, half of them children, are trying to survive. 4 years of complicated war between the government, secular fighters, ISIS, ethnic groups . . . have left 220,000 people dead, 7 million people inside of Syria displaced, and 4 million on the run outside of the country. Wherever those 4 million people are, they are now foreigners.
As a follower of Jesus who lives 6,000 miles from the people in this picture, how do you feel about how you have responded to their need? Do you think that followers of Jesus who live so far away should do something to meet their needs? Is there anything Christians can do to meet their needs?
While you are weighing these questions in your mind, would you prayerfully consider God’s heart for foreigners?
God loves every person on this planet, and they are all created in his image (Genesis 1:27). God inspired the Jewish people to love foreigners as themselves, reminding them they used to be foreigners in Egypt (Leviticus 19:34). He also commanded them to provide foreigners food (Lev. 23:22) , to treat them fairly (Deuteronomy 24:14-15) to give them justice (Deu. 24:17), even to teach them God’s law (Deu. 31:12-13).
Look back at the picture above, and remember Jesus’ words about the people He will separate from His true followers:
“I was a stranger, and you did not invite me in”
[the Greek word for “stranger” is xenos, which can also be translated “foreigner”]
Instead of feeling guilty that you haven’t done anything yet, can you imagine yourself responding in some way to these Syrians who are now “foreigners”? Literally stop reading, and imagine it for 20 seconds.
If you live in Palm Beach County, and you are ready to make a decision right now to do something, we have something you can do. Grace Fellowship is joining with Christ Fellowship and Gleaning for the World to collect the following items for Syrian refugees:
Shampoo, Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Diapers, Baby Wipes, Red or Green Lentils
We bought one of each of these items for a total of $20 a few days ago. If you don’t have $20 to spare, you can probably afford to buy one of these items and bring it to Grace Fellowship or Christ Fellowship by Sunday, October 4th!
If you are deciding to do something, will you encourage everyone else and “share your thoughts” below?