Michael Cropley – Austria: “A Refugee Crisis”

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you a little about what’s going on here at Bogenhofen, Austria. As most of you know there is a huge refugee crisis going on where Syrians are fleeing their country and coming here to Europe for safety. Here at Bogenhofen we have been right in the center of this crisis. In the town of Braunau, Austria is a bridge that crosses into Simbach, Germany. We are about 4 kilometers from the town center and thousands of refugees every week are trying to cross into Germany. This is where our school comes in to play.

As winter nears, the Bogenhofen students and staff members have made it a priority to bring food to the refugees every night over the past few weeks. When the refugees cross into Germany, there is a camp for them to get some rest and, thanks to the Bogenhofen students and staff members, have some food to eat. Some of the stories I have heard are very sad. There was this one family that was talking to some students and they were telling them about how they haven’t had enough money to buy food, and so they have gone over a week without eating. Over this time period, they had traveled half-way across Europe.

What we as Americans sometimes don’t understand is the fact that people all over the world are suffering. What we might think is an epidemic going on in the U.S. is really something so small compared to what is going on here in Europe and Syria. I want to get the message across in a way where you will see this refugee crisis as a serious problem and how the majority of these people are actually nice people and are fleeing not because they want to, but because they have to. Just remember how lucky we are to have true freedom. Also, try to think of what Jesus would be doing in this situation. Would He be hiding under a rock, or would He be in the center of it trying to help those people in need?

“For the poor will never cease from the land; therefore I command you saying, ‘You shall open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy, in your land.”  Deut. 15:11

 

*Michael Cropley is a student missionary from Southern Adventist University, serving in Austria through the Office of Volunteer Ministries and Adventist Volunteer Service. This was originally posted on his blog on Oct. 17, and is shared with his permission.

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