I don’t know about you, but it’s already been a heavy week for me.
Finding out my best friend and her family lost everything in hurricane Harvey only two weeks after moving to Houston shakes life into perspective. Thankfully, she, her husband and their three boys are all safe but the devastation of losing everything is beyond comprehension for many of us. Maybe you also know people personally affected by the disaster of the storm and are grieving with those affected.
My heart is also heavy with the news that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) may be shut down. Not only would this be devastating to the almost 800,000 people who are currently enrolled in the program, but it would affect Mika’s work. Mary runs Mika’s after school program at Maple and is a recipient of DACA. She grew up in our Center St. community and is an incredible asset to our work. Her love for her community is clear every day when she comes to work, and the influence she has on our young students is inspiring. DACA being taken away would mean that Mary could no longer legally work for Mika.
These are just two of the many things that make my heart heavy this week. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and hopeless reading the news or browsing our newsfeed but there are also many things that show us hope.
I’m finding my greatest source of strength and hope among my immigrant friends and neighbors and those facing what seem like very hopeless situations. Their lifelong resilience and trust that God is taking care of them reminds me that even in the darkest situations there can be light and hope.
It can also feel like there is nothing we can do. But there are a lot of tangible ways you can come alongside those in need today.
Consider volunteering somewhere this fall. Proximity to those different than us gives us a new perspective on life and can be one of the most powerful ways to see change in our own life. Send a text or an email to a friend facing a difficult situation to let them know you are thinking about them. Call your Senators and Representatives to tell them you support DACA (call (202) 224-3121 to connect).
There are also countless ways to give financially. Many of you have given to Mika over the last several weeks toward our urgent need, and for that I am extremely grateful. Today, my ask is that you simply consider giving something to someone, somewhere. It can feel like a small gesture when there is so much need, but it creates a solidarity and connection that blesses both the giver and the receiver.
I’m reminded that our hope is not in our government, it’s not in immigration reform, and it’s not in the compassionate acts of those who care. Our hope is in Jesus, and through him we can have confidence that he is making all things new. As you consider what action to take today, my prayer is that each of you find hope and see the newness Jesus can create through you.
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tut
With Hope, Keturah