“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers
Hey you. I’d like you to help me with a little experiment. Yes, YOU.
I am going to assume that I am not the only one who has tuned into the news more often than usual this week. I assume there are others who were drawn to reading headline after headline, though the content only made the knot in my stomach twist tighter.
I don’t have all of the answers to the refugee crisis. I am both a patriotic military wife and a Christian that prays over those hurting in the world outside our borders. I am a mother who wants to keep her children safe, and a woman who prays and weeps for other mothers who won’t be able to tuck their children in safely at night.
I thought maybe we join together long enough to make an impact that would shine a light in this darkness. You could be a light. Yes, you. There is something we can do. It starts with looking for the helpers… and maybe we can even join them in their work.
Whether you are the “patriot” who argues that you lock your doors at night not because you hate the people outside, but rather because you love the people inside…..
Or you are the one who is horrified over the changes and vows to fight to make sure America remains a beckon of hope to the refugee….
We can unite on this one thing. We could make more than a statement- we could make a difference.
Regardless of what you believe the government does or does not owe them- those of us in Christ cannot escape the fact that we owe them the truth of the Gospel- we owe love.
There are seven countries that have been listed in the refugee order, and our borders are currently closed to them even if only temporarily. But that doesn’t mean should turn our eyes and pretend we don’t see … not when we were called to “go” (Matthew 28). Maybe we can be a part of beauty given for ashes.
Maybe it is time to ask ourselves if God is asking us to “go”.
And if not, how we can support those who are.
Did you know that Samaritan’s Purse- an extremely reputable and respected charity- is already helping people all over the world (including refugees)? They even set up a field hospital outside of Mosul, which was under ISIS control. They treat victims of ISIS attacks – mostly women and children – most of which would not make it to the nearest hospital.
I urge you to watch the video here.
They are also working with Syrian refugees in Greece.
And lest you think they are ignoring those hurting here at home, they are also working all over the United States. They have been responding to the deadly tornadoes here in the south.
And Operation Heal Our Patriots is aimed at serving our veterans.
So why did I take to my blog to mention all this? Two reasons.
(1) This teaches us that we can be for others and serving one group doesn’t have to mean neglecting another.
(2) I want to encourage you that while there is bickering plastered all over your screen, there are helpers steadily doing the hard work of making a difference every day.
And ok, one other…..
I have an experiment in mind. I’d love to see if we can put our money where our mouth is. To Go. Give. Love.
What if we decided to “High five a helper”?
I challenge my friends to give $5 to Samaritan’s Purse. You don’t even have to leave your comfy seat to go find your wallet – just use your paypal account on their website. EASY.
It won’t solve the world’s problems, but I bet you will feel better knowing you did something. Apparently almost 900 of you shared my last post on Facebook (thank you)!
Could we actually come together to make an impact? I think so. Will you join me and see if that ripple effect could really make splash?
If you do, leave me a comment or post on your social media with #High5theHelpers
If you want to give more than five- do it. I figured I would put the challenge out there. If it doesn’t work, then I have lost nothing, right? But if it does, then we all have gained something.
Look for the helpers.
Donate. Share. Post. #High5theHelpers