When we read the Scriptures it is easy to see that God has a great sense of justice (after all, He is absolutely Just) and has a desire for His people to also have a true heart of justice. Often in our world exhibit justice includes caring for the needs of those who are in hard circumstances of life. Either they have experienced loss of some kind; they are displaced or maybe have great needs in regards to health and care for their families. In Deuteronomy 10:18-19 God says, “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” In Isaiah 58: 6-7; 10-11 He says “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen; to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke……. Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderers with shelter – when you see the naked to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?... and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.”
We are all to have this sense of justice and care, I believe, but there are times that God puts this kind of heart and compassion on certain people to go and make a difference in certain places of the world that have great needs and who need to hear of the great love and compassion of God as well as to have their physical needs met.
Aubrey McQuade is one of these special servants of the Lord. Aubrey spent the first 13 years of her life here at FCC and then moved away with her family to the mid-west. While she was here she already felt like she had a strong calling from God to be involved in missions work and over the years the Lord has strengthened and confirmed that calling. She did her student reaching in Bangladesh at William Carey Academy and then taught missionary children at Memorial hospital in Bangladesh for a year. She returned home to finish her schooling and accreditation and is now ready to head to the next place God is calling her, the island of Lesvos Greece.
Refugee families have found themselves stranded in Greece after escaping war and conflict in their home countries and the schooling of the children has been put on hold. Since 2015, over one million refugees have flooded into Greece. Thousand have boarded dingy boats in Turkey, risking their lives to reach Lesvos, one of the main entry points into Europe. Unfortunately refugees often remain for indefinite periods of time and the refugee camps have become crowded and in many places unhealthy.
Aubrey will be going with a group called TeachBeyond, a Christian organization that is dedicated to using education to reach out to needy students in many different locales. Going to Greece is a new project for them and Aubrey will only be able to get a 90 day visa for Greece. She needs to leave the country for a period of time, so TeachBeyond will send her to Jordan to study Arabic. She would then return to Lesvos for another 90 days and the process would be repeated. Aubrey has committed to serving with TeachBeyond for 15 months and plans on arriving in January of 2019.
Since she can’t speak Arabic yet Aubrey will use the medium of art to help reach out to her students and along with the help of translators be able to encourage, help and love the children of the refugee camps who live in very hard circumstances. And she will be able to share the love of Jesus with them as they begin to develop relationships with them and their families.
Want to see a little more about TeachBeyond. Check out this video.
by Jim Panter