According to recent data shared by the UN Refugee Agency, 82.4 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced at the end of 2020 as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, or events seriously disturbing public order. Of the 82.4 million refugees in the world, approximately 2.2 million of them come from Southern Sudan, and 1.4 million of those Sudanese have settled in refugee camps in Northern Uganda. (To put that in perspective, the current population of Kansas is 2.9 million people.)
This coming week Pastor Steve and Jeff Seal will join a team of six other men who will be bicycling from California to Florida in eight days, hoping to raise awareness of and support for refugees around the world. In particular they are partnering with Tutapona, and all of the financial support that is raised will go to help these refugees in Uganda. (To learn more about their bicycle adventure, check out ride4refugees.com)
Tutapona is a Christ-centered organization that works with some of the world’s most war-affected communities to provide quality mental health services. Tutapona is a Swahili word that means “we will be healed,” and since 2008 they have been leading individuals affected by war or conflict to emotional recovery. (To learn more about the vision and mission of Tutapona, check out tutapona.com)
Can you imagine needing to leave your home, job, community, and all that is familiar to head out to an unknown destination in search of safety?
Many times, these refugees–our brothers and sisters–leave with nothing. These refugees are truly in need of some of life’s basic essentials. Are you willing to help?
So far through donations, t-shirt sales, and those attending the Applebee’s fundraiser nights, we as a church community have raised approximately $25,000. That’s pretty amazing, but it’s only half way to the outrageous goal Pastor Steve set of $50,000.
The ride4refugees event will start on October 2, and the plan is to bicycle twenty-four hours a day, from San Diego, California, to St. Augustine, Florida, in eight days, with each rider taking two-hour shifts. All to support refugees. This is crazy and beautifully epic! Would you be willing to pray for them? And would you be willing to prayerfully consider giving to support this Jesus-loving cause?
If you are interested, there are a couple ways you can give:
- Give through Hope’s website: http://welcome2hope.org/give-online/ Then, choose Ride4Refugees from the dropdown menu.
- Give through Tutapona’s website: https://give.tutapona.com/fundraiser/3342961
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the church office. And if you would like to receive updates as Steve and Jeff ride, text @ride4 to the number 81010.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. (Matt 25:35)
Let’s give generously!