Have You Seen 4.1 Miles? February 19 2017, 0 Comments
4.1 miles is a powerful documentary. It is raw and difficult to watch, but it is reality.
4.1 miles --- the distance from Turkey to Greece via the Aegean Sea. Carrying men, women, and children who are running…
Running from terror.
Running from war.
Running from persecution.
Running from bombs and guns and bullets.
Running from ISIS.
4.1 miles --- the distance through which rubber rafts designed for 30 are transporting more than 100 men, women, and children desperate to escape the death that is certain to come if they remained on dry land.
Members of our global family, these traumatized men, women, and children witnessed family members shot and executed simply for being (Christian/Muslim/Syrian/Women/Etc.); watched bombs destroy their homes, schools, businesses, and villages; and experienced all the comforts they’d spent a lifetime working to achieve --- family, community, education, wealth --- destroyed by war.
Imagine the gravity of the circumstances they fled from, risking life for the prospect of safety and refuge from a hopeless situation if this treacherous journey of 4.1 miles is the ONLY viable option.
For those who oppose the resettlement of refugees in the United States, the men, women, and children in this documentary represent the thousands of fully vetted refugee families forced to flee their homeland because they are victims of terrorism and war.
Forgive us, Jesus, for closing our borders to the precious people who need protection the most.
Forgive us, Jesus, for closing the door of opportunity to the precious people who need a safe place to rebuild all they have lost.
Forgive us, Jesus, for turning our backs on the precious people who represent the fabric of our country: hardworking, creative, self-motivated, generous, and community focused immigrants.
Now is the time to support refugees and immigrants.
Now is the time to volunteer.
Now is the time to give financially to support the work of agencies rescuing thousands of displaced families, on the front line (like preemptivelovecoalition, worldrelief, A21) and those serving refugees here in the United States (like renewproject, exodusworldservice, syriancommunitynetwork, refugeeone).
Now is the time to pray – for peace, for shelter, for resources, for pathways to rescue and resettlement.
Now --- Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not next month.
Visit us: www.renewproject.org
Susan Tripi DeLano