World Refugee Day - We Must Do More
Today we honor the men, women, boys and girls who have been forced to leave their livelihoods to join a group none desire to join, called refugees. They are survivors who have impacted and enriched our lives immensely.
Since 2002, the approach of the staff behind GRI has been to constantly listen to and learn from the people that we serve. As we gain experience, in the many different situations in which we have worked, we have always tried to approach our work with the idea that we may not have all the answers. In fact, many times we do not have many answers to the complex situations displaced people experience. However, our strength lies in our ability to combine the efforts of our staff with existing (sometimes difficult) solutions on the ground.
For 15 years this strategy has allowed us to adapt and mold Global Refuge into a more efficient, more effective cooperative of people who all share a responsibility in the well-being and transformation of individuals that we serve. Our desire only grows to see complete transformation in the spiritual, physical and mental health of the people we serve, our staff, our volunteers and ourselves.
This strategy of listening and learning has also brought GRI to a new position today. There exists a massive gap between the people who profess to be Christian and the millions of hurting, poor and neglected people Christians are commanded to serve. In many Christian circles, the "holy zone" of those "living the right way" is rapidly shrinking and many are occupied by the process of figuring out who is in which zone. This has left the people we were called to help all alone, desperately searching for someone to break the stereotype they have developed towards those professing to follow Christ. We at GRI have realized we cannot sit back any longer and say we are doing enough.
We will defend these people with all we have.
The prospects of hope for refugees globally have rarely been more dark. The United States, as a political entity and as a people, have tried to separate themselves from the suffering of God's people and from the responsibilities that come with it. However this is impossible. We are all God's people, created in His image and commanded to cross whatever lines, borders, social norms and any other hindrance to reach them with whatever it is we have to restore their value and hope.
Please consider your role in filling this massive gap between "us" and "them", because it really is just US no matter how we may convince ourselves otherwise. We will be held accountable for how we treated the most neglected, and that's scary to think about. The amazing thing is that it really is just about our heart to serve, not how much we do or give. Let us all be anchored where God wants us, right next to our brothers and sisters with open hearts to whatever may be needed of us.