a little more like heaven Virginia Baptists Serve in a Croatian Refugee Camp
In November 2015, nine Virginia Baptists served alongside Croatians in the refugee camp (one is not pictured here).
The hospitality brigade is ready to receive guests.
Handing out snack bags with bread, fruit, tuna, protein bar, and a juice box. Hot tea. Coats, hats and scarves. And backpacks for women and children filled with toiletries, a rain poncho, blanket and towel.
All of these supplies are purchased locally which helps stimulate the local economy (which is desperately needed).
These items were received with smiles, calls of "thank you" and even hugs and kisses.
One boy said,
See you tomorrow!
In the camp, when we are needed, the police and Red Cross call for "the Baptists." When they see us waking about, they say
Hey! It's the Baptists. We love the Baptists!
In a part of the world where Baptists were persecuted and stoned in the not too distant past, we smile when we hear that and realize they see us in a positive light.
The train arrives at 3:45 am.
As it slowly enters the station, we see people sleeping; children in parent's arms, people leaning against condensation clouded windows or on a friend's shoulder.
I wonder if they feel like cattle.
Two precious faces out of thousands of precious faces. (Taken with permission and accompanied by silly giggles and warm hugs)
There are no words.
The problems in our world are so large and overwhelming. It is easy to lose hope and throw up our hands in defeat and wait for it all to implode.
But there IS something we can do.
Right now. We can look around right where we are, notice what doesn't look like heaven, roll up our sleeves and go to work to make our little corner of the world little more like heaven. And if we all do that, just imagine...
"On earth as it is in heaven..."
May it be so.