Shelter In A Box
“I’m a developer to pay the bills, but my life is responding to crises around the world.” Our program at Rotary yesterday was about Shelter Box. Two typhoons in the Philippines, flooding in Peru, and thousands of refugees fleeing the shrapnel and bombs of Syria only to find desert in northwestern Iraq took our speaker from one corner of the globe to the next. He showed slides of his team delivering 150 pound containers filled with all the essentials a family needs when they suddenly have nothing.
It was the slide of a successful businessman from Damascus and his wife and children that captured my attention. There were pictures of bulldozers preparing desert so that tents could be erected. Then our speaker shared the words of the Damascus businessman, now a Syrian refuge. “A year ago my daughter was trying to figure out where to go to college. Today she’s here in the desert with nothing but sand and open sky. Damascus was our home, the most beautiful city in the world, but we had to escape. At least here my family doesn’t have to dodge flying pieces of metal and pray they are not blown up by a missile.”
In Psalm 140 King David continues to talk to the LORD about constant warfare and the violent men who create it.
“Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men, from men of violence preserve me—men who plot evil in their hearts and stir up war every day.” Psalm 140:1-2
The Syrian Civil War is not only displacing business people, but it is threatening the very existence of the Syrian Church—believers whose roots go all the way back to the first century.
LORD, hearing how this Rotarian sacrifices his time and gives his strength to carry these heavy Shelter Boxes into disaster areas, and shows victims of disaster how to set up the tents, filter their water, and use the portable stoves was moving. I praise You because You are the One who generates all this compassion and care. Most of all I thank You that David was able to declare that You will secure justice for the poor and uphold the cause of the needy. I pray for my brothers and sisters in Syria and throughout the Middle East today.
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