The numbers are absolutely staggering:
Yes, the scale of this crisis is beyond pale which makes it tempting to give up before taking any action. But the good news we as followers of Jesus cling to is this: our God created this world, is bigger than it, is active in it, and continues to love and redeem it. It can seem like nothing could possibly make a difference to this situation: it is out of control and unstoppable. Throughout history, God has intervened in precisely these moment—perhaps not when or as we think he ought but nonetheless He has been at work and is at work.
But the good news we as followers of Jesus cling to is this: our God created this world, is bigger than it, is active in it, and continues to love and redeem it.
So what can we possibly do?
- We can pray, trusting and believing that He will act to stop the suffering and loss of life as a result of this war.
- We can donate money to organizations that are working in Syria and around the world supporting the resettlement of refugees.
- We can open our doors to refugees, sponsoring one/some as they are resettled in Canada.
- We can call on the government to do more, to open more spots for refugees in Canada.
For more information, check out these resources:
Canadian Lutheran World Relief- http://clwr.donorshops.com/product/685132A/syrianrefugeerelief.php
Mennonite Central Committee- http://mcc.org/learn/more/syria-iraq-crisis-response