Generosity and Gratitude

 In Telling a Better Story

September 15, 2020

Over the last three and a half years, hundreds of people from South Carolina Baptist churches have been taking trips to Lesvos to serve refugees at Moria camp. Now, in response to COVID-19, the refugees living in Moria decided to help those who have helped them by making masks — so far around 2,000 — and shipping them to churches in South Carolina like River Springs Church in Irmo.

Robbie McAlister, an immigration advocate and ethnic ministry consultant, coordinated the effort with When We Band Together and the Evangelical Immigration Table to receive and distribute masks to churches in South Carolina’s Midlands region. They arrived with a note in the box that reads: “These were handmade by refugee volunteers in Lesvos, Greece. We sent them to you for your safety and health. We are all one people and must protect one another.”

This video gives a glimpse into the generosity of these refugees, the gratitude of these churches and the common bond of humanity that they share.

On September 8, a devastating fire completely destroyed the Moria camp further displacing around 13,000 vulnerable people. You can read more about this tragedy and can donate to immediate relief efforts here.

You can learn more about We Welcome Refugees here.

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