Why we reach out to those in need
When we say “giving back” we don’t usually mean that. We really mean “paying it forward.” For us, it’s a way of life. Every member of our team spends time in our community taking care of those who need hope, help, and support. Just like someone else once did for us.
It’s a Way of Life
For me (Cindi – Social Media Manager), caring for others is just a way of life. I’m a mom, a pastor’s wife, a teacher, a friend, and a social media manager working with clients and audiences big and small. I love people. They make my heart sing. Recently, reaching out came in the form of traveling to North Africa to raise awareness and supply a home to a Sudanese refugee family in desperate straights.
Helping the Sudanese Refugees
But this year I was asked to do something new—go across the ocean to North Africa to visit, teach, and help the Sudanese refugees fleeing genocide. Many come wounded, hungry, and with nothing but a small bundle on their backs. It would have been overwhelming, all the need, the hunger, the despair. But one man had an idea that changed our trip from hopeless to hopeful. He gave us the opportunity to help just one family—a widow named Sarah and her five children—to get everything they needed to not only survive, but thrive.
Using my marketing skills to interview this family and write a script, we filmed a video and put together a campaign to rally our friends and family back home. With their help, we purchased warm clothes, food, beds, blankets and pillows, school supplies, a couch—we even fixed the electricity and the broken plumbing in the tiny flat.
Changing the Lives of Children
Sudanese children are unable to attend public schools because of the high risk of physical bullying and abuse—racism is a stark reality there. And without a high school diploma, they are not allowed to work any job besides house cleaning.
But a few good people have started privately funded schools to allow these children a way to get an education, and one day, a job.
We spent a few days in the school teaching the refugee children English. And now with the support of our friends and family back home, we have supplied at least 2 years of schooling, clothes, food, medical care, and mentoring for four out of Sarah’s five children. The oldest—just 15 years old—insisted on working to support his mother and siblings.
Each Life Matters
There is no feeling in the world like feeding a starving child, providing warm clothes to a refugee, or telling a mother that her children will get to go to school. It’s absolutely joyful. We may not be able to feed everyone. We probably won’t change the world. But we can change the world for this one. Just one.
And for this one—there is now hope. And that’s the stuff of life for us.
“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.“
– Rabbi Rami Shapiro