What Will You share?
‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me.’- Matthew 25:35.
Just last week we were celebrating harvest, remembering that everything we have is a gift from God which we are encouraged to share generously. Many of you contributed food to generously support the work of New Hope and the Foodbank.
Now that our harvest celebration has been and gone, and as a wet summer gives way to a wet autumn, it would be all too easy to tune out. But with Advent and Christmas looming, we are reminded that Jesus himself was a refugee, fleeing violence in a Middle Eastern country to seek refuge in Egypt.
To date, eight million people are displaced within Syria alone, almost half of them children, and four million are known to have fled their country. Germany is bracing itself for 800,000 refugees, not quite knowing how to house them all and provide warm shelter.
Being myself the son of a refugee who had to flee her home, losing her baby brother at the age of nine, I feel deeply for the plight of the many displaced men, women and children.
We may not be able to help directly, like a Christian friend of mine, who is helping in the rescue of refugees, including many children, off the coast of the Greek island of Lesbos. However, your continued financial help and prayer will really make a difference, as the plight of refugees fleeing war in countries like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan is not going to end any time soon.
Emmanuel will play host to a concert for refugees on 6 November at 7:30 pm, featuring a variety of inspirational music performed by talented professional and amateur musicians from our local community in and around Northwood, including the classical singer Chen Wang, Hills Community Choir, local schools and musicians from London School of Theology. So please keep this in your diaries.
- Johannes Roth