Humanitarian Crises – Maintaining a Heart of Compassion
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.
THE WORLD’S powerful media is known to influence attention and involvement when it comes to humanitarian crises. For the past six months or so, the atrocities and crimes against humanity in Syria and Iraq, as well as the Ebola pandemic, have grabbed headlines – and rightly so. Sometimes it takes a gripping photograph to awaken us out of media tragedy overload, to once again allow God-given compassion to direct our response.
This Pulitzer Prize winning photo taken by the late Kevin Carter during the great famine in Sudan shows a feeble little girl, totally exhausted, wasting away from starvation, being stalked by a vulture waiting for her to die. At the time the photo made headlines around the globe, and people responded and helped avert a massive national and regional tragedy.
Now twelve years later and four years after independence, South Sudan, the world’s youngest country, has declared that it is again in a state of famine. Four million people are affected, 50,000 children are at risk and 1.5 million have been displaced.
South Sudan is not the only tragic story not getting world attention right now. There are the Syrian refugee crisis on the border of Egypt and Turkey, the massive flood relief projects in Pakistan and the ongoing feeding programmes conducted by WOI personnel in various African and Asian nations.
We can’t solve all the world’s humanitarian crises, and we are not expected to. Yet the Word of God exhorts us to ‘not become weary in doing good,’ when we learn of yet another world crisis, rather ‘as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people’. We are doing this right now in South Sudan, Egypt, Mozambique, Pakistan and other places. WOI personnel are both willing and available to respond to humanitarian crises in practical ways, but this is only possible with the practical help and generosity extended by the global friends of World Outreach. Thank you for your partnership.
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John is the Present Emeritus of World Outreach. He lives with his wife, Mary, in New Zealand.