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What Can I Do About the Refugees?
by Stacy Dyck
I’ve seen the pictures on the news of all the refugees carrying meager belongings searching not just for a new life free from bombs and persecution, but for a bed, a blanket, a cup of hot coffee. But I see the pictures sitting in Vienna, Austria — at the heart of this crisis.
I’m a wife and a mom. I take care of our home. I make school lunches. I do the laundry. I serve the Lord as best I can. I disciple women and teach Bible studies as part of my service. What can I do for these refugees? What can we women so blessed by peace and privilege do for these women and children suffering at the hands of evil?
A couple of weeks ago I helped other women make some sandwiches for a refugee camp outside of my city. It wasn’t much, but it was something. My Bible study girls and I are preparing to put together bags for the women and children containing things like soap and socks. I’m going to make more sandwiches this week. It’s easy for me because I am here. What can you do from there? What can we as the church do?
We can love our neighbor as ourselves. (Matthew 22:39) Start by helping the immigrants in your city where you live. It doesn’t matter if you don’t want them there. What does matter is our obedience to the command to love our neighbor as ourselves. Perhaps God allowed the immigrants to come into your city so YOU could share the Gospel with them. Do it. Share the Gospel. And then help them read their mail. Have you ever gotten a bill in a foreign language? It can be daunting. Help them find a doctor for their sick child because maybe they don’t know what to do. I’ve been the foreigner with a sick child in the ER. I’ve been yelled at because my language skills weren’t good enough. A kind national woman helped me. I will never forget it. Be the kind person who helps the foreigner.
We can love those who persecute us. (Romans 12:14) Some say, “I don’t want my country filled with Muslims, they only want to harm us.” Jesus says love your enemies and do good to those who persecute you. It’s hard to argue with Jesus.
We can give to the poor. (Proverbs 28:27) If you would like to directly help the refugees in Vienna you can give to a Christian refugee center called The Oasis. This is the organization I and others are helping with the sandwiches. You can view a list of specific needs on their website as well as how to give to them.
My overwhelming thought as I watched the migrants walk out of Keleti train station, a station I have traveled through many times is, it could be me. It could be me. It could be my child who is hungry and cold. It could be me. It could be you.
But it is not me right now. For this I am thankful and for this reason I will help. I will still take care of my family and my responsibilities. But I will also love my neighbor as best I can. I hope you will join me.
Stacy Dyck is a Texas native and graduate of Hardin-Simmons University. She served as a Journeyman with the International Mission Board in Hungary and has since served in Czech Republic and Austria. She and her husband recently celebrated ten years with IMB. With their two energetic boys they live and share Christ in Vienna, Austria. Follow Stacy on Twitter.
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We all have varying opinions on the policies our countries should establish regarding the influx of refugees. Those kinds of political comments won’t be published. This article is about helping those God puts in your path who are in need, regardless of how they got there. Thank you for bearing that in mind as you comment.