Our Syrian Neighbors


One of the legal experts heard their dispute and saw how well Jesus answered them. He came over and asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus replied, “The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” – Mark 12:28-31

Last week, I had the honor of  helping to organize an interfaith vigil to support and extend traditional Hoosier hospitality to three Syrian refugee families living in Indiana. It was a moving time together with prayer and candle-lighting in the sanctuary followed by fellowship with refreshments made by the refugee families (and oh my, it was also so yummy!). Click here to see coverage from one of the local news channels who reported on the gathering.

We knew many families would attend and I wanted to create an opportunity for children to welcome the refugees. A dozen or so clipboards, white construction paper, and packets of crayons were made ready for children to create welcome cards. Each one is precious and full of love proving yet again that little hands have big hearts to serve all!

If your church wants to join in making cards, please contact the Syrian American Council to get in touch with a local chapter who can help you send cards to refugee families.

Danyelle Ditmer

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