FYI — November 2017



There’s been a video circulating social media from the international nonprofit organization, Save the Children. In the span of a minute and 33 seconds, the video goes through a fictional year-in-the-life of a young girl named Lily. In the beginning, she’s celebrating her birthday, in her home, living a normal life like any child. By the end, her family is displaced, once again celebrating her birthday, living in a refugee camp. The video ends with the line, “Just because it isn’t happening here doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.” You can watch the video here.

It’s easy for us to get caught up in the day-to-day of our own lives, but Jesus calls us to be a neighbor, not just to those in our town, but to everyone. Put yourself in this little girl’s shoes for a moment, and imagine how you would feel and how you would want to be treated in her situation. Let’s brainstorm together: how can we treat the international community like our brothers and sisters in Christ?


Countless times friends have told me, “I don’t watch the news. It’s too dark and depressing.” Well, that’s true. Global news can be very depressing to watch, and honestly, negativity and sad situations may result in higher viewership for some stations. But for every negative story reported, there is positivity and hope! If you’re discouraged from reading the news, check out the article “Staying Current: Get Global News the Right Way” from The Muse. This article has great tips on how to stay informed and stay positive. It’s important that we make the effort to learn about the world around us so we can be global ambassadors for Jesus!


It’s common for people to say, “I’ll pray for you” without putting much thought or effort into the process. Did you know that in 1 Timothy we are urged to pray “for all people”? Prayer is the act of laying that person or situation at the feet of Jesus and committing them to Him. There is power in prayer: so why do we sometimes use the phrase so flippantly?

Commit to pray for Syria and others who have been displaced, and have faith that God will hear and help. If you need a tool to help, you can find a detailed prayer list at World Vision. Pray for the men, women, and children in this situation and, over all else, pray that they would know God’s love for themselves.


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—Rachael Boynton | Spring Valley Corps | Greater New York