On July 30, after an exchange of several emails between Orthodoxy in Dialogue and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), we published Mariel Moore’s invitation to each and every one of our readers to partner with them in the delivery of legal and humanitarian assistance to refugees and asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border.
In the ensuing eleven days, fifteen people—including a 13-year old Orthodox Christian who committed three weeks of her allowance to this initiative—have contributed $747 toward our $15,000 goal.
Orthodoxy in Dialogue set the goal high because, in just under two years, 210,000 individuals have visited us almost 378,000 times. Imagine: if only 1,500 readers contributed only $10 each, we would reach our goal overnight.
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, RAICES emails you your tax receipt as soon as you make your donation. At Orthodoxy in Dialogue you will be listed permanently on our Angels Unawares page.
Please take a moment to read Ms. Moore’s outline of RAICES’ activities on behalf of the most disadvantaged children, youths, women, and men on American soil today. These activities include the following: getting children out of detention centres; working to release adults, families, and caregivers from detention through bonds and legal representation; helping children and families upon release; and advocating for an end to unjust immigration laws.
RAICES also offers opportunities for youth and adults to volunteer.
For us Christians it never suffices to rail against injustice and demand political solutions as we go about our comfortable lives. The Gospel requires that we find ways to give sacrificially of ourselves.
For some of us, $5 or $10 is a sacrifice. For others, a sacrifice is $100, or $500, or $1000.
Yet in the words of our father among the saints, John Chrysostom, on the night of Holy Pascha, the Lord Himself “both accepts the deeds and welcomes the intention, and honours the acts and praises the offering.”
Please don’t leave this page without making an offering, no matter how small. Many small offerings add up as quickly as a few large ones.
Please share this post with two or three friends or family members and ask them to join you in making a contribution of their own.
Finally, let us not forget to add our prayers to our offerings.