I was a Stranger

refugee1In the April 2016 General Conference, several talks in the Women’s General Session and the General sessions were devoted to reaching out the the millions of refugees forced from their homes and sometimes their countries as a result of vicious wars and corrupt governments.

refugee2The plight of the refugees has been plaguing this world for centuries. Indeed, the Jaredites, Children of Israel, Muelekties, Nephites, and, more recently, the Latter-day Saints, have all been refugees. Mary, Joseph, and Christ were also refugees.

So, as the Church leaders have mentioned, we of all people should be sensitive to assisting wherever we can, those who were forced to flee their homes.

While massive displacement of people is not a new phenomenon, since 2013, the world has seen a dramatic influx of refugees on a scale that have become overwhelming to those organizations already dedicated to assisting the dispersed and dispossessed.

refugeechartThis dramatic rise in the number of refugees is most recently related to the wars and political chaos in the Middle East. Syria, in the throes of a devastating and lengthy civil war, has become the majority contributor to the world’s refugees.

In response to this serious, global problem, the Church has redoubled its effort to reach out to the millions of victims through it powerful humanitarian organization. But the problem is too large. So the Church is now reaching out to all members of the church to get involved.

To that end, I will use this web site as a forum to share ideas of what we can do to help in this cause. I firmly believe that no act of love is ever wasted. So regardless of your ability to help, anything you can do will be greatly appreciated.

Please remember, this call to serve comes directly from the Savior when He said:

bethesdaFor I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. – Matthew 25:35-40

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