Hearing & Responding

As being in my first year of university, I’ve been introduced to a lot of new things over the span of these past seven months. I have especially seen the presence of Jesus in amazing ways and have grown so much deeper in my faith, one reason including how I joined TRAC as the events assistant.

During my first semester, I didn’t really know anything about the refugee crisis besides how tragic and devasting it is. I would try to think of how Jesus would respond to this and what He would do, but one day, the Lord revealed to me one passage from the Bible that blew it out of the water. In Matthew 2, when Jesus was born, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee to Egypt with Mary and Jesus. This is when I realized, Jesus was a refugee. A refugee defined is a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. Of course, this is different from the current Syrian refugee crisis, but it answered the questions I had.

After this and on the night of the TRAC launch event, I had such an overwhelming feeling from the Lord that I needed to join. That night I had a dream I was amidst the refugee crisis and was praying for funds for a refugee family. So immediately, I got in touch with TRAC and told them I wanted to join. My heart has broken so much from this crisis, that I knew I wanted to be involved with this long-term. Ultimately to be able to help in nations at refugee camps and provide settlement to families is what my heart strives for in this crisis.

Through my involvement in TRAC, I’ve seen the beauty of people’s hearts wanting to help something that we’re not all used to hearing about or frankly even seeing. To be attending university, living on campus, and knowing I’m safe is the greatest blessing. So greatly I want to provide others with the same and so much more to help make this difference. As TRAC continues, please pray for the millions of refugees around the world. I pray you are all touched by this and are inspired to help those who desperately are searching for safety and love.

-Celia Jardine