Sometimes things in life collide in a reckless and beautiful way. Our eyes are opened and our hearts are called to action. There is no other answer, because it’s just all too right.
I just finished reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, a World War II novel about two French sisters. They worked as part of the Resistance and sacrificed, over and over and over again, in the name of truth and love. It’s a beautiful story and although it is fiction, I know bits and pieces represent stories of so many who survived. As I turned the pages I couldn’t help but remind myself that World War II is just one war that has created destruction, refugees, fear, and sorrow.
Helga, an 87-year-old woman from Colorado, fled Berlin during World War II. Recently she sent a letter and a CARE package to Sajeda, a 16-year-old refugee from Syria. Although decades separate them, Helga and Sajeda have so much in common. And they aren’t the only ones. They are one of many and CARE is connecting former refugees with current ones as a means of gifting hope.
You can read Helga and Sajeda’s whole story here. These two women have shown strength and determination in the most trying of times. Despite the loss of their homeland, they are pressing on and Helga has offered Sajeda the encouragement she needs to look ahead to better days.
Helga and Sajeda’s story is one of many. A number of World War II refugees have reached out in partnership with CARE to connect with Syrian refugees. You and I have a similar opportunity too – to send hope!
CARE has provided us with the chance to send a quick note of encouragement to a Syrian refugee through their message of hope portal. Take a minute and send one now. You can do it, your kids can do it, and if you share on Facebook, your friends can too (just click here and share my post!). It’s so simple, free, and a wonderful way to send hope and love to someone who has lost everything.
“When someone asks me,” Sajeda says, “’What was the most precious thing you left behind in Syria?’ I say that I left myself.”
Can you even imagine? Leaving everything behind? Feeling like you’ve left yourself? I know I’d be wandering – both inside and out. I’d be questioning God’s plan for my life. I’d be scared and worried. And if someone took a moment to encourage me, I know I’d be thankful.
I’m sure things aren’t easy, but have faith and take hope. There WILL be brighter tomorrows and your strength and courage will see you through. Know that there is a family in the Northwest corner of the United States that is praying for you. Stay strong and accept our love across the miles!
Since World War II, CARE has been making an impact in the lives of refugees. If you’d like to take things a step further and send hope in a tangible way you can make a financial donation to CARE who will, on your behalf, provide a hygiene kit ($35) or food for a month ($70) to a Syrian family. This month marks 5 years since the Syrian war began and so many have been affected – 4.6 million refugees and another 6.6 million who have been displaced within Syria. CARE has directly reached 1 million of those Syrians with humanitarian relief and although the number seems daunting you and I can make a difference in one life of those million. And that means something.