As a Christian, I’ve wanted to do more to help the Syrian refugees ever since we first saw the horrific images of children’s bodies washing ashore.
I know a lot of my readers and listeners have felt the same way.
We may have concerns about bringing Syrian refugees into the United States, but there is a way to help them right now while they are in Syria. Most of us have valid national security concerns about bringing the refugees here to the US. They’ve been discussed here and elsewhere ad nauseum.
I take my politics as seriously as anyone, but as I have often said, life is more than politics.
The overwhelming majority of Syrian and Iraqi refugees are simply running for their lives from ISIS and the violence in their homeland.
Some of them are Christians. Most are Muslims.
All of them are people in need of help as we head into what should be a celebration of the divine promise of “peace on earth, goodwill to men.”
And while I can’t be there in person to offer a cup of cold water or a warm blanket in Jesus’ name, I know some people who can.
Operation Mobilization is an Atlanta-based ministry that embeds missionaries into communities around the world to show the love of Christ within the context of the local community.
They don’t just drop in briefly and then go home.
They partner with local churches as well as international agencies to help those in need on the ground. Not just for a moment, but for the long-term.
They’ve been doing this successfully for decades. They’re recognized by the UN and have even been mentioned as a UNHCR partner organization.
Over 6,800 workers, representing 100 nationalities, serve in the OM family of ministries, bringing God’s unchanging truth to literally millions every year.
They are on the front lines right now across Europe, meeting refugees from Syria and Iraq as they arrive, to offer food packs for hungry families and winter care package with blankets and cold-weather provisions.
And they are doing it in Jesus’ name.
Here’s how you can help right now.
You can provide food for a family fleeing the violence with a Refugee Emergency Food Pack or bring some warmth with a Refugee Winter Pack to give blankets and provisions as we head into the winter months.
And just to be clear, I get nothing from this except the joy of knowing we are showing the love of Christ this Christmas in a way that will make a real difference.
Don’t put it off.
Watch the brief video now to learn more and then give generously.
“Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” (Luke 3:11 NIV)