Over the years at Hope we’ve done some rather interesting, out-of-the-box, and unorthodox things. We began 31 years ago by taking a coffee break during the service. It was risky and unconventional. Having tailgate parties after Sunday Services was not exactly normal either. Inviting bikers to join us for a Biker Sunday was not typical. Giving away a piece of property without any strings attached to help kids in trouble was uncommon. So… 100 Hopesters pulling a military aid type vehicle over a mile in a parade to raise awareness and money for refugees in Lebanon sounds right up our alley. If you have no idea what I’m talking about please, right now, go to pulling4refugees.com and check out the video.
I’ll admit it’s a rather crazy idea. But if the purpose is to get a lot of attention in order to gain awareness for the refugee situation around the world and to raise as much money as possible to help the “least of these,” then maybe, it’s not so crazy after all. Maybe the uncommon and rather wild sight of 100 people pulling a truck past thousands of bystanders during the biggest event of the year in Andover is not so weird after all. Maybe handing out cards printed with the pulling4refugees.com website to the parade watchers along the street will be a really good thing.
Will it work? Will a good amount of attention be gained and will a lot of awareness and cash be raised? I can’t say for sure. But I do know that doing nothing does not seem like much of an option. I do know the 25,000 people Heart for Lebanon serves each month in the name of Jesus will be blessed by any amount of money we send. I do know that what we are attempting is pleasing to Jesus. How do I know?
Because it was Jesus who said in Matthew 25:35-36, 40b, “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.” – “I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”
Together we can make a very positive and lasting difference in what has been labeled as the worst humanitarian disaster since World War 11 as we offer this lifeline by literally pulling for refugees. Presently there are now some estimated 2 million Syrian refugees in very temporary and inadequate tent settlements in Lebanon. It is believed 400,000 of them are children between the ages of 6–16. Imagine! What if it was members of our families?
None of this will work well if only a few of us step up to pull and/or give. None of this will work well if we don’t tell others by way of social media, word of mouth, or by whatever means to go to pulling4refugees.com and give. None of this will work if we don’t seek Jesus and ask for favor and for many to give generously.
So… will you be one of the 100 Pullers? Will you walk with us in the parade on Saturday September 28 to hand out the cards directing people to the website? Will those who are not pulling buy and wear a T-shirt while watching the parade as we represent Hope and encourage those around us to go to the website and give? Will you give? Will you pray? I guess we’ll know by October.