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 youth group is focusing 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 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.
How the Famine works:
1. We 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!
Just $40 will help feed and care for a child for a month! All you have to do is click one of the orange buttons below to give your gift! Your gift is tax-deductible.
WHO ARE YOU GIVING YOUR MONEY TO? AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, ARE THEY AWESOME? World Vision is an awesome Christian humanitarian organization with more than 60 years of experience. World Vision is trusted by more than a million donors in the U.S. because they are honest, effective, and stretch donations by combining them with grants and product donations to make a huge impact for children and families in need in nearly 100 countries!