I am sure that most of you heard about the atrocity that happened in Syria this week. In a chemical attack, more than 70 lives (including children and babies) have been lost and hundreds injured. Images of parents rushing their children into hospitals, a father holding his 21-month-old twin daughters, lifeless, in his arms; they are seared into my conscious. There is a part of me that is so devastated and overwhelmed that I think there is nothing I can do. But as I say a silent prayer for hope for these people, I am reminded that I can make a difference and that God has called me to be a part of His ‘making all things new’. (Rev 21:5a ‘And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new."’)
Rather than thinking we can make little difference, know that God can use us (collectively) to make a massive difference. We can choose to do something for these people. Choose to actively pray for those that are affected by inhumane situations, for Christians who are persecuted for their faith, for those who live in unimaginable poverty. We can also choose to give generously to those who live in these circumstances. In Jesus’ parable of the sheep and goats, He says “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’” (Mt 25:34-36, 40). As Christians, we are called to give to those in need.
At BPCC we support over 120 children who no longer live in poverty (through Compassion). We support more than 100 children who are loved and cared for at New Life orphanage in Myanmar. We give to missions in Solomon Islands and support various local ministries. I know we can do more.
The links below are just a few ways you can give towards those in need. We have three children currently seeking sponsorship who live in our Compassion partnership region. Wherever you are moved, act on it! Know that ‘whatever you do for one of the least of these…you do for Jesus’.
Peace & Love,
OPEN DOORS (works in the most oppressive countries, empowering Christians who are persecuted for their faith): https://www.opendoorsusa.org/
RED CROSS (you can search ‘Syria’): http://www.redcross.org.au/