In the summer of 2002 (it’s unbelievable to me that it was that long ago now) I spent a month as part of a Baptist General Association of Virgini mission team in Austria. It was one of the most powerful experiences of my life–one of those rare moments when you feel that you are exactly where you are meant to be. Now, because of the same partnership that was formed at that time, Virginia Baptists are working with Austrian Baptists to help them face the Syrian refugee crisis. As more refugees come to Austria, they are gathering resources to welcome them, and could use our help.
The BGAV sums up their view of the refugees nicely here:
I would add, regardless of OUR own political stances, this is something most of us, at least, can agree on: these are people that are clearly in need of aid, fleeing violence and evil and looking only for safety and basic hospitality. It is the duty of all followers of Christ, all fellow human beings, to extend a hand.