August 29, 2016
By Kristen Johnson
Huffington Post is restoring my faith in humanity with yet another story of people helping others in need.
Amr Arafa, an immigrant from Egypt, is reportedly hosting an “Emergency Airbnb” for refugees and victims of domestic violence.He is working on gathering host properties for the site, and has already hosted people in need in his own apartment.
My favorite quote from the article:
“EmergencyBNB is not about the government giving you a place to stay,” he told The Washington Post. “It’s about the fact that your neighbors care about you.”
Yet again, I find hope in the midst of news articles which seem to contain nothing but fear, hatred, and bad news. I have absolutely no idea what Mr. Arafa’s religious beliefs are, but I know for sure that he is living out the commandment that we serve each other. Therefore, he is “living” and “being” the Church in the world whether he knows it or not.
Hebrews 13:16 (NRSV): 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Philippians 2:4 (NRSV): 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
Matthew 25:35-40 (NRSV): 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ 40 And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,[a] you did it to me.’
Be the Church. Live the Church. Serve.
Thank you Mr. Arafa for showing me how to serve.
Serve all with love.
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