An update on Together Rising’s work with refugees, written by Glennon Doyle Melton and originally posted on Momastery.com: Friends, it’s time to update you on The Compassion Collective and our work to care for refugees in Europe. All the stories you are about to read — stories about the lives saved, the people fed, the shelter given—they can only be told because of you. You are the ones doing this. The gratitude that everyone connected with this work has for you is without measure. The situation for our refugees is worse now than it was in the fall. Borders have closed. Food is running out. Babies are dying. Parents are desperate. The evil the refugees are running from is real and it remains. When you look at the videos and the pictures you are about to see, please remember that these are people like us who once had homes and jobs, whose children went to school, who had dreams of the future and who desperately want to go home. This is what the refugees are saying—The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was leave my country. I wish more than anything I had a home to bring my children back to. […]
An update on Together Rising’s work with refugees in Europe, written by Glennon Doyle Melton and originally posted on Momastery.com: At the end of last month, you and I and 41,000 of the biggest-hearted people on Earth came together to respond to today’s refugee crisis, the worst humanitarian emergency since World War II. This response—The Compassion Collective—was led by the communities of Elizabeth Gilbert, Brené Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Rob Bell and Momastery. As The Compassion Collective, we joined together to ask these questions: Should drowning children be saved? Should starving women be fed? Should freezing men be warmed? Should homeless babies be sheltered? Together, you answered YES. You decided this: Credit:Emily McDowell And THEN: This. In increments of 5, 10, 20 dollars- you gave one million dollars in 31 hours. By the end of 2015—our total was $1.3 million. Every penny is going directly to refugee aid. AND THEN. Our partners, Help Refugees, asked for their funding to be staggered and our first round —$697,000—hit European soil on Dec. 30th. This is our first report to you about how these funds are being used. Before we jump in, you need to know that the situation is still desperate. The horrific evil, the terror people […]
An update on Together Rising’s work with refugees in Europe, written by Glennon Doyle Melton and originally posted on Momastery.com: You’ve noticed I’ve been quiet lately. That’s because two months ago, you trusted Together Rising with hundreds of thousands of dollars to help refugees in Europe. After the Love Flash Mob, Amy led us as we spent our days and nights researching, interviewing and planning to ensure that how we spent the money would be worthy of you and of our refugee brothers and sisters. It has been a hard few weeks. Every day we have been freshly stunned and brokenhearted by what we’ve learned, seen, and heard. And that’s good. When my heart is truly broken, I feel low, abiding joy. Because I know I’ve stumbled onto something worthy of my time, energy, money, and life. People always ask: G, how do I find my purpose? I look at them and ask: What breaks your heart? There you go. That’s your purpose. The first draft of this essay was six pages long — filled with stories about the children who are dying and the heroes we have met. In the end, we decided to keep today’s report concise. Please know […]
Friends, meet precious Devon and his mama, Jaclyn. Devon was born with some serious heart conditions, he has been in the hospital almost non-stop since birth. Devon’s great aunt Holly wrote and told us about Devon, explaining that the hard situation is being made harder because, while this little family lives in the UK, Jaclyn’s family is from the US. Her parents have had to leave Jaclyn, her husband, Luke, and Devon behind to return home to Wisconsin, even though Devon is still sick and in the hospital. Together Rising asked what we could do to support them, and Jaclyn told us that anything we could do to help her stay connected to her family would mean the world to them. Together Rising gave them funds to purchase an ipad so that the family can now FaceTime together from the hospital. Even though they are far apart, Jaclyn and Devon can now still see and feel the love and support of her family every day. Here’s a note we got from Jaclyn: I just want to say a huge thank you for sending my Aunt Holly gift cards so we were able to get an iPad to keep in touch with […]
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