Loss and grief, pain and shock, anger and helplessness. These are all emotions that sweep over us as we see the pictures and hear the stories of the swelling refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe.
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Dear ,
 
Loss and grief, pain and shock, anger and helplessness.

SyrianBoysBehindFenceThese are all emotions that sweep over us as we see the pictures and hear the stories of the swelling refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. And none has been more heart-wrenching than the image of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s body washing up on a beach in Turkey, his family having tried so desperately to reach safety as they fled horrific violence in Syria. A precious life lost that could have been saved. And today, he and his 5-year-old brother and his mother were laid to rest.

The biblical concept of “lament”-- life-shattering sorrow comes to my mind and weighs on my heart these days.

Yet each of us is called to lift our head out of sorrow and weeping and ask, “What can I do to help refugees like Aylan and his family?”

Refugees fleeing Syria need you.

I am asking you to join us with three simple actions that can make a real difference:

Thank you for your prayers and lifting your voice in support of refugees seeking safety.

Yours in faith,

Linda Hartke

P.S. Support all refugees here, especially helping communities prepare to receive Syrian refugees by making a donation to LIRS today.

 

 

 

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