ISIS, Refugees, Orlando, Terror… Why doesn’t somebody do something?
About a year ago a group of men from Midland, Texas who pray together weekly felt moved to do something to help persecuted Christians. One of the men knew Global Samaritan Resources had been involved in helping persecuted Christians in Pakistan.
Thanks to these “Midland guys” we began sending hundreds of thousands of servings of fortified dehydrated food directly to Iraq within a matter of months. The food is sent through the space available humanitarian aid program overseen by the United States Air Force. Once in Iraq the food is distributed to refugee camps in Iraq. These camps are where persecuted Christians, as well as marginalized Muslims and Yazidis are living in very difficult conditions. They are all the poorest of the poor and part of the current population of 60 million, the largest number of refugees the world has ever seen.
Our partners in Iraq are incredible people who serve these refugees daily. This is one hands-on way anyone can become personally involved. And when we do, we take love and hope directly into the face of terror.
Don’t mistake me for a guy who thinks love and a warm meal will stand in the way of terror and the cruelties inflicted by ISIS. One of the truths of justice is this: strong people stand up for weak people. They stand between them and those who would harm them. Sometimes they do it with food. And sometimes they do it with force. I’m not a hawk, but I fully endorse saying, “This stops here, this stops now.” How and when to apply force is an ongoing debate. As that discussion continues we do what we can do: take the food in and say, “Here is some love and hope.” And to be candid, I don’t mind adding, “Take that ISIS!”
Too often people feel powerless. Or we ask, “Why doesn’t somebody do something?” We forget we are somebody. And there is something we can do. Like the Midland guys we can pray and see what happens. We can stand between the weak and the hurting and do our part. We can take food and love and hope. It is reasonable to ask, “Is it safe?” But first we must ask, “What can we do? What is right? How can we help?”
In 2012 I flew to Jordan to personally visit with refugees from the Syrian war. Without exception all the refugees I met want to go home. They want home to be a safe place, free of terror. They want the same things you and I want.
I leave for Iraq soon. I will see the distribution process of the food that left the Global Samaritan warehouse a few weeks ago, was loaded on C-130’s that flew out of Dyess AFB, and is now in Iraq. I had no idea when the trip was planned (just a few weeks ago) a man inspired by ISIS would commit such a horrible act of terror in Orlando. Global Samaritan has reached out to friends in Orlando and offered to help however we can.
The world community, all who love peace and respect human dignity, must stand together now. As we do we offer love and hope.
NOTE: We can help you help the refugees. Global Samaritan is accepting donations to help the persecuted Christians in the refugee camps. Please give at www.globalsamaritan.org/iraq or by mail to PO Box 3431 Abilene, TX 79604