Let’s talk about an event coming up that I think you need to get on your calendars. You may or may not (my bet is on the may not) know that this Wednesday, June 20th, is World Refugee Day. It is a day to remember the people all over the world who are without homes.
On that note, I would like to introduce you to an amazing non-profit organization that you need to be following. The name of this group is “Preemptive Love Coalition” and prepare to get emotions down to the tips of your toes. And if you don’t…prepare to go to the doctor because something is disconnected.
Preemptive Love Coalition has been putting feet to the story of love since 2008. That is when founders Jeremy and Jessica Courtney moved to Iraq. The organization got its start from the need for medical procedures in other countries and the desire to see American doctors work with national doctors and not sideline them. Then, in 2011, ISIS came storming through the Middle East. Many people would’ve seen this as God’s sign to get out…the Cournteys and their coalition saw it as the sign to push harder. They are still in Iraq and Syria pouring love out on the streets in the form of food, water, medicine, and actual…love.
For World Refugee Day, they are asking that we would choose to remember. They ask us to remember Syrian refugees and Iraqi refugees, men, women, and children displaced by the rampage of ISIS. They’ve started their own hashtag “#EatLikeSyria” and they have also shared some recipes on their blog. You can find the relatively simple recipes for Kibbeh and Mujadara by clicking here.
Last year, PLC was on the border of the last ISIS stronghold in Iraq. As the people of PLC talked with one father, they found out that food in the city was basically nonexistent. People were charging money for bags of grass and empty cardboard boxes. Why? Well, people were eating the grass. And parents would boil the cardboard boxes until they were soft and feed them to their starving children.
I really hope you didn’t gloss over that last line. It is physically painful to read that sentence, but we have to.
So observe World Refugee Day. Make some kibbeh or mujadara. Invite friends over and take a look at Preemptive Love’s website. Maybe buy some cool socks or sponsor a sheep for a family or maybe just make a donation to go where it is most needed. But choose to think about and pray over the refugees around the world…and then do something about it. As the organization mission statements says, let’s “unmake violence”.
If you’re able to, I encourage you to consider going to their shop page and donating the $65.00 that provides food for a family for an entire month. You can do so by clicking here.
Let’s remember the refugees of the world on World Refugee Day. Let’s pray for them every day. Then let’s start putting hands and feet to our prayers and help them come true.
All the information for this post came from the Preemptive Love website:
or the Preemptive Love Instagram: