The refugees at our borders are families just like ours who have fled their homes, trekking as far as 8000 miles from Honduras, Venezuela and even the Congo. With their kids in tow, over 450,000 refugees so far this year have crossed desserts, rivers, and jungles driven by fear, hunger and desperation. Thousands have ended up in Detention Centers on the Southern US border (38% of them come through Laredo, Texas). For them, however dangerous the journey, it’s simply less treacherous than staying where they are. These families are fueled by a common goal – to give their kids the chance at a better life – one just like ours.
Against a crisis of such magnitude, like many of you, we’ve had to ask ourselves – what can we possibly do? To us, it comes back to a simple message scripted in Matthew: 25 thousands of years ago:
“For I was an hungred and you gave me meat. I was thirsty and ye gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me in. Naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and ye came unto me.”
More recently, Elder Kearon made the following statement at the 2016 General Conference,
“We have found refuge. Let us come out from our safe places and share with them, from our abundance, hope for a brighter future, faith in God and in our fellowman, and love that sees beyond cultural and ideological differences to the glorious truth that we are all children of our Heavenly Father.” “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love.” (Timothy 1:7)
These simple messages reminds us that, while crises provide fertile soil for big changes, more often than not, those changes happen one person at a time – and look a lot like someone reaching out to a fellow traveler in need and simply sharing what they’ve got.