Join me! On my mission to collect one penny for each of the 68.5 million refugees in our world right now.
Sometimes, we cast aside pennies as if they are worthless even though the truth is: their value adds up quickly.
Sometimes, we cast aside people as if they are worthless too even though the truth is: every human’s life is clearly priceless.
In our world today, we have a record 68.5 million people, who have been forced to leave their country to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.
That means, we have 68.5 million men, women and children without permanent shelter and food, relying on the rest of humanity to help meet their basic needs.
To be clear, refugees are nurses, teachers, construction workers, lawyers and loving parents – basically, people just like us, who happened to get caught up in the turmoil of circumstances beyond their control, losing everything they’ve ever known, desperately hoping to start a new life.
The thought of helping 68.5 million displaced people can feel overwhelming.
But, like the value of pennies, the efforts of individuals can add up quickly.
To stand in solidarity with the refugees, who essentially need a miracle to rebuild their lives after all they’ve been through, I am setting a goal, which will require a miracle to accomplish as well.
Starting now, I am going to collect 1 penny for each of the 68.5 million refugees, who are desperately seeking hope right now because I believe the life of each and every one of them is valuable. This will add up to 685,000 dollars, which will be 100% donated to help refugees around the world rebuild their lives.
YES, I know this is an outrageous goal for someone, who is not a professional fundraiser by any means.
But, I serve an outrageously miraculous God. And as Goethe says: “the journey of a million miles begins with a single step.”
SO, today I am posting this blog, announcing my intention! And tomorrow, I’ll start brainstorming creative ideas to keep this challenge going until I collect every single penny.
**This will certainly require a massive community effort – please share this post or let me know if you have creative ideas to help support the Pennies for Refugees Challenge!
ALL PROCEEDS will go to: International Rescue Committee, which is the top rated charity for refugees by the Charity Navigator.
Be on the lookout for more events and opportunities to contribute to this valuable cause soon!
God, please use this campaign as an opportunity to shine light on the plight of the refugees around the world. Bless, protect and guide them each and every child of Yours, who has been forced to leave their home due to violence, persecution and natural disasters. Open hearts and minds, so this campaign can be a sign of Your great love for every human being, who finds themselves living as a refugee.
Matthew 25:35-40: F
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, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?‘
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’