Jesus challenges His followers to “love your neighbor” (Mark 12:31). When Jesus told of the story of the Good Samaritan, He demonstrated that the word “neighbor” had no limits. He calls us to love everybody. Through technology and partnerships, we can love those in our global community who may be worlds apart.
As Gracists, those who extend positive favor to others regardless of and sometimes because of color, class, or culture, we are compelled to lift up, empathize with, and consider the parts of our body that are hurting (1 Cor. 12:12-26). So how can we care for those impacted by the Earthquake in Haiti that occurred in the middle of political upheaval and with tropical storms heading their way? How do we respond to the refugees fleeing Afghanistan because they would rather risk their lives than live under Taliban rule?
- Pray – Pour your heart out to God. Ask God to intervene, provide, and protect.
- Advocate – Speak on behalf of those who don’t have a voice. Ask our leaders to help those in need. More info is in the link below.
- Volunteer – Partner with a local organization like World Relief to be a part of the solution, lovingly providing resources to care for those who have been displaced or lost their homes. More info is in the link below.
- Give – We have partnered with World Relief who is on the ground, leading relief efforts in Haiti and responding to the refugee crisis in Afghanistan.
World Relief has provided an opportunity for us to advocate, volunteer, and give via their website. Their website also contains a brief write-up on the situation in each country so that you can learn about the challenges and ministry opportunities.