Colleen Mitchell prays that as you see the faces of the children displaced by ISIS and read the pleas of those who come to their aid you will remember that little blue thumbs up are comfortable and easy because they cost nothing, that the Body is called to a love that costs–to a bloody, sweaty love that redeems loss and resurrects hope.
Having already donated more than $3 million in humanitarian aid to persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, the Knights of Columbus will expand its efforts even further with a national campaign to raise funds and foster awareness of the terrible suffering of Christians and others in the Middle East.
Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Iraq will open more child support centers over the next year to support more than 6,000 children. These centers are geared to be a bridge back to a formal education for displaced children.
We’re reminded by the USCCB that we each need to be persistently praying for an end to this horrendous situation. It’s easy to turn away from this situation, which feels so insurmountably challenging, but we cannot forget our brother and sister Christians in Iraq.