Mondays Meditation: Lisa Hunt-Wotton
In the wake of the tragedy of the terrorist attacks on Paris, many people are confused, distressed and emotionally exhausted. In a natural progression, grief moves to anger and people who previously sat on the fence regarding compassion toward refugees, have now angrily jumped off that fence and into to the ‘all refugees are bad and dangerous’ camp.
I think that its important for us to get another perspective on this. Another perspective because it shows true footage of what is happening in Greece. Samaritans Purse is doing amazing work on the front line in Greece where most refugees are landing. In fact about 40 -50 boats a day land on this small Greek Island.
Isn’t it ironic with Christmas only days away, that we are putting up Christmas trees and nativity scenes that depict the story of a young middle eastern refugee couple looking for shelter and who need to escape terror and death to save their child?
I challenge you to watch this 5 min video by Samaritans Purse.
Then I would like you to spend just 5 min in quiet meditation on this issue and then seek deep into your spirit for the perspective that love would have on this crisis.
You’ve probably seen footage on the news of refugees arriving in Greece by boat, but you’ve probably not seen anything like this. You’ve heard opinions about who they are or what they want, but you can see it firsthand in this video.
“We are the first faces they see when they land.” It’s our calling to show them the love of our Saviour.
The story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) gives a clear picture of God’s desire for us to help those in desperate need wherever we find them. After describing how the Samaritan rescued a hurting man whom others had passed by, Jesus told His hearers, “Go and do likewise.” For over 40 years, Samaritan’s Purse has done our utmost to follow Christ’s command by going to the aid of the world’s poor, sick, and suffering. We are an effective means of reaching hurting people in countries around the world with food, medicine, and other assistance in the Name of Jesus Christ. This, in turn, earns us a hearing for the Gospel, the Good News of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
As our teams work in crisis areas of the world, people often ask, “Why did you come?” The answer is always the same: “We have come to help you in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Our ministry is all about Jesus—first, last, and always. As the Apostle Paul said, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5, NIV).
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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