5 Ways God Is Showing Up During the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Written by Julie Partin | September 23, 2015
It seems like the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis that has affected over 12 million people is a hopeless and growing battle. But we as Christians know that God has His hand in this situation. See these five beautiful displays of humanity across the globe and take heart!
1. Syrian refugees tripped by Hungarian camerawoman are welcomed by Spanish soccer school
Two weeks after Osama Abdul Mohsen and his youngest son were sent tumbling to the grass during their mad dash across the Hungarian border, this Syrian soccer coach who became a refugee—then a symbol of Europe’s humanitarian crisis—is now being greeted as a celebrity in Spain. The family’s arrival there was broadcast on live television and Mohsen already has an apartment and the promise of a new job, courtesy of the CENAFE soccer academy. During a Real Madrid match, his son, seven-year-old Zaid, was even invited onto the field with soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
His life now, he told NBC News, “is like a dream.”
2. Cheering crowds give refugees a warm welcome in Frankfurt
After an exhausting journey from Budapest, hundreds of relieved refugees arrived in Germany to be given a warm welcome by huge crowds of cheering locals. Armed with water and food supplies, volunteers applauded the refugees as they exited trains at Frankfurt’s Hauptbahnhof station.
3. Donation organizations are literally overwhelmed by generosity
An organization in Greece called Kos Kindness requested baby carriers, baby care items and other much-needed supplies to hand out to the excess of 200,000 refugees on their island.
Within days, they had received donations from all over the globe far surpassing the limitations of their facility.
They’ve had to put a stop to more deliveries until they are able to distribute all of the goods.
Similar organizations in other locations are reporting the same scenario. Here is a woman from Kos Kindness with one of the babies she was able to help.
4. Strangers change the lives of single father and his children after his photo goes viral
Ever since a Syrian refugee was pictured selling pens on the street while holding his sleeping daughter, people around the world have been donating money to help him support his children and start a new life. The man has received almost $170,000 in donations.
The 35-year-old dad, Abdul Halim, captured the hearts of social media users after images of him carrying his sleeping daughter while attempting to make money on the streets of Beirut went viral on Twitter.
He was identified and tracked down in the Lebanese capital so that people could send him donations. As of Tuesday morning, a crowdfunding page for him had gathered donations from more than 6,280 people in 105 countries in only five days. The mission to help this man became known as the #BuyPens campaign.
5. Turkish couple spends the money their families had saved up for wedding celebrations to feed 4,000 Syrian refugees
Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat got married last week in a Turkish province near the Syrian border and invited some of the refugees who have fled the country since the civil war, which began four years ago. The idea for sharing their special day with those less fortunate came from the groom’s father. He told newspapers that he hoped others would do the same and share their wedding celebrations with their Syrian brothers and sisters.
Looking to take action on behalf of the 12 million affected Syrians? The best ways:
- Donate to a reputable organization.