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Starfish in the Desert

One of my favorite object stories is the one about the boy throwing starfish back into the ocean. It’s also the only way I can keep from being overwhelmed by people in need both physically and mentally.

Yesterday we listened to a missionary who is working with people escaping ISIS, both Christians and Muslims who are crosswise with ISIS. They have both a refugee ministry and a medical one.

I haven’t been one to flash the noon symbol (above) because I didn’t fully understand its significance until it was explained yesterday. Noon is the Arabic letter “N”, which stands for “Nazarene” and used as a derogatory term. Christian businesses in Mosul and other ISIS controlled locations are marked with “noons” and confiscated by ISIS not unlike the Jews and the Nazi regime.

So many refugees. So few places to go, but this ministry and so many like it are helping Christians and Muslims fleeing oppression. Maybe not all can be helped but one, ten, one hundred, or many, many can be. And I want to help!

How do you decide when,  where, and how to be salt and light in this dark world?

About Gretchen E K Engel

Chemical engineer by day, spec fiction writer by night

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