It's a staggering fact that there are over 25 MILLION REFUGEES in the world today.
A REFUGEE is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster; these are people who have lost loved ones, their homes, nearly all of their belongings, their jobs, and more due to circumstances beyond their control.
They are our neighbors in need (Luke 10:25-37). Staggering though the numbers and need may be, James reminds us that it is faith-less for us to offer words of compassion without appropriate action (James 2:14-17).
So, during the weekend of February 24-25 we are putting our faith into action to help our Syrian neighbors in need as we participate in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine.
Our event this year will focus on the international refugee crisis: who refugees are, what events make people refugees, where they live, and how we can help. We will be giving of our time, energy, and resources to help save lives, provide basic necessities for families living in poverty, offer healing and hope to people in grief, shock, or despair, and extend Christ-like welcome and friendship to people building a new life in a new place. Created in God's image with hopes, dreams, possibilities, and potentials, we want our neighbors to be able to live and grow in ways that allow them to let the light of God shine into the world.
We will spend the weekend together participating in service projects with organizations that help and support refugees and simulations that give us a glimpse into the refugee experience, listening to real-life stories of refugees in person and through film, games, activities, studying the Bible so that we can understand how God wants us to respond to the needs of others, engaging in worship and prayer – all while FASTING so that we can cultivate a hunger for biblical justice and peace and grow in our compassion for and commitment to helping those in need around world.
Our goal is to raise $14,500 to help with World Vision's work with refugees!
Support Our Group as we participate in the Famine and seek to Let the Light Shine!
How the Famine works:
1. Students LEARN about refugees and what God's Word says about helping others.
2. We RAISE FUNDS (that's where YOU come in) to support World Vision's work in providing food, shelter, medical care, counseling, and education to refugees as they seek to build a new life for themselves.
3. We grow in FAITH and FRIENDSHIP through our shared experience of fasting and serving.
4. LIVES ARE CHANGED because of the money we've raised!
SUPPORT A STUDENT AND HELP REFUGEES AT THE SAME TIME:
Your DONATION is a means by which you can encourage a student in their walk with God and their ability to make a difference in the world. It's also your opportunity to respond to God's heart for the poor. Plus, your tax-deductible donation goes a long way.
You can donate to a specific team member by clicking on their name and donating on their personal page. Or you can make a general donation to our group. All donations contribute to our group total.
Just $40 will help feed and care for a child for a month!