I leave town for a few days and I be dadgum if the whole world didn’t fall apart.
There are wildfires brewing in Wenatchee.
Bombs dropping in Gaza.
People shooting down passengers planes from the sky over the Ukraine.
And let’s not forget the border crisis that is still in effect in the United States. Which leaves me wondering, what do the reporters in Mexico call it? Do they refer to it as a border crisis? Because you know the terms we use frame how we think about these things.
I know you all are thinking about the lives of those caught up in all these situations.
I’m putting up some links so that as you pray, you might also be compelled to help. Here are some places where you could do just that:
For the border, consider making a donation to the Laredo Humanitarian Relief Team. This team is comprised of The Bethany House, the Holding Institute, and Catholic Social Services have teamed up to form a system. For more information, Click Here.
For those killed in the Malaysian flight, I suggest a donation to a local AIDS ministry or the AIDS 2014 conference. Many of those traveling – estimates of a 100 passengers – were on their way to the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne. For more information about that conference or to donate to it, Click here.
For help in Gaza, consider donating to the Save the Children fund. It has a high rating with Charity Navigator. And Save the Children is already boots on the ground in Gaza. Click here to read more about their work.
I know giving money seems like the least possible thing we could do, but it isn’t. There are people engaged in the lives of those who are suffering. We can pray for those who are ministering to the suffering and we can support the work they are doing, so that they can continue to deliver aid as necessary.
You may have suggestions of your own about how we can all take action and be of help. If so, please leave your suggestion with a link below.
And remember, Jesus us told us there would be days of trouble. He also encouraged us to be kind to one another during these hard days.
You and I, we can’t fix the world. We can’t. But the only thing that limits us from doing more of what we are able to do is our imagination.
And remember, praying isn’t the least we can do – it’s the most we can do.
Karen Spears Zacharias is author of Mother of Rain, Mercer Univ. Press.