Alan Kurdi, September 2015
This is a picture we are likely never to forget. Alan Kurdi’s family was fleeing from the chaos and fighting in Syria. They tried to reach one of the Greek islands in a small rubber inflatable boat designed to hold eight people. But, tragically, there were sixteen people in that small boat, and it capsized shortly after leaving Turkey. Alan’s three-year old body was later found washed up on the shore. The bodies of his brother and his mother were also found washed up on the shore.
There is understandably much debate and disagreement about how best to respond to the vastness of the needs of the refugees fleeing from so many ravaged places in our world today. But perhaps we can all agree to remember these people as we go about our daily lives.
Remember them and offer daily prayers for them.
Remember them and pray, too, that our government will be wise and compassionate in deciding how best to respond to this global crisis.
Remember them and contribute to an organization that is working to help refugees. Here are a couple of suggestions if you would like to make a donation:
Church World Service cwsglobal.org/our-work/refugees-and-immigrants/
International Rescue Committee https://www.rescue.org/
Jesus said: “Whoever welcomes this child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me; for the least among all of you is the greatest.” Luke 9:48