Syrian refugees find hope thousands of miles away from home

By January 25, 2016

Europe (MNN) — Millions of Syrian refugees have fled their homes, leaving behind friends and belongings, and sacrificing everything to find safety.

BGR_Syrian refugees

(Photo courtesy BGR)

Hundreds of thousands of refugees have crossed the border into European nations. Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, said in just the first three weeks of 2016, roughly 35,000 people crossed European borders.

According to The Guardian, at least half of the French public is opposed to allowing more refugees into their country. Several of the EU nations, including France and Holland, have stated Europe will hit an economic breaking point.

“We can’t cope with the numbers any longer. We need to get a grip on this,” Rutte said.

French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls had a similar statement, telling the BBC Europe needed to take immediate action to control the external borders. “Otherwise,” he said, “our societies will be totally destabilized.”

On Friday, Greece saw the death of at least 40 people, including 17 children, after several boats sank, according to The Guardian. This is the deadliest case in January, but a number of other refugee “boat crossings” have also been fatal.

Baptist Global Response (BGR) is one of many agencies doing everything they can to help ease the troubles of Syrian refugees.home.

(Photo courtesy of Baptist Global Response via Facebook)

(Photo courtesy of Baptist Global Response via Facebook)

Sabir is one of the refugees thousands of miles from home. He couldn’t find a home or even a tent, so he lived under an overpass. He couldn’t find work. And, he was starving most of the time. Filled with grief and pain of the past and present, Sabir wanted to end his life.

But on the day he was going to drown himself in the sea, by God’s grace he was stopped in time. BGR members gave him food vouchers.

Sabir bought food, and his stomach was full. But more importantly, he saw that God was still watching over him despite the loneliness and loss that he felt. He could see that God was still providing.

Hope has welled up in him, and others that BGR has provided for.

But, think of how many “Sabirs” there are in the Middle East and Europe right now that haven’t been helped. They are losing hope and don’t know how they’re going to survive another day.  Your help can save lives, and it can give promises that Jesus still cares and is providing.

Become part of BGR’s crew by providing for brokenhearted families and individuals.

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