Refugees: What can we do?
[Refugee (noun): one who flees in search of refuge, as in times of war, political oppression, or religious persecution]
None of us can have missed the distressing stories of those who are fleeing the violence and chaos of the Middle East. Among the key requirements of our faith is the need to show hospitality and kindness to strangers. The question is, though, what can we actually do?
The Bible tells us ‘Deal with each other justly, do not oppress the refugee, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood. Journey in all the ways I command you, that all may go well with you.’ (Jeremiah 7, 6-7).
Also we know that Jesus himself was a refugee from Herod in Egypt.
So what can we do? A few suggestions:
Learn: We can learn the facts about why so many people are having to seek refuge and use that to counter myths and falsehoods - https://cityofsanctuary.org/
We can encourage people, especially landlords, to think about how accommodation might be offered. Citizens UK have launched an appeal for homes and more information can be found on the Citizens UK
To help you there are prayers displayed in St Laurence Church. Also Christian Aid
has resources for prayer and vigils on their website.
: the British Red Cross is calling for more funds to support affected people in Syria and neighbouring countries. See their Emergency Syria Crisis Appeal
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’