Look for Helpers
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” Mr. Fred Rogers
Who would have thought that a war right here on European soil would break out, taking the place of Covid in the headlines this week? I know that there had been hints that this might happen, but I never thought that it actually would. I’m sure I’m not alone when I sit dumbfounded by the news of missiles hitting apartment buildings, families trying to evacuate their homes, and babies being born in subway stations. How do I process this? How do I pray?
As I was reading the news articles and Facebook posts that have been written over the last few days, I came across this quote by Mister Rogers. Fred Rogers, a Presbyterian minister, was the host of a children’s program called Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood for about 35 years. He very calmly would encourage his young listeners by focusing on their social and emotional needs. He helped them to process the loss of a loved one, moving and enrolling in a new school, and fear brought about by world events. His famous quote reminds us all that during times like these, “look for the helpers.” People all over the world are reaching out to families that they don’t even know to provide a place to stay, needed supplies, or transportation to safety, etc. I read about one lady who helped two young children reunite with their mother when their father had to stay back to fight. He had to trust a stranger with his most beloved family members.
It is at times like these that Christians can share the love of Christ with those who need the message the most. We can be His hands and feet to help those in need. If you would like to provide support to the displaced families, please refer to the article below about a special opportunity that ICSV families can participate in.
Finally, pray for those in danger. Pray for our world leaders. Pray that God’s will be done in this situation. Pray for peace.
Because of His Faithfulness,
Dr. Sharon Brobst, Director