‘Reciprocal love’: Refugees fleeing persecution from Middle East, Northern Africa now help American churches fight covid-19

As a way to give back to people in the West and help them fight covid-19, a group of refugees have made face masks for evangelical churches in the US.

‘Reciprocal love’: Refugees fleeing persecution from Middle East, Northern Africa now help American churches fight covid-19

Refugees fleeing persecution from Middle East and Northern Africa are in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, the largest refugee camp in Europe.

They started making face masks during the coronavirus pandemic as part of an effort funded by two international nongovernmental organizations. When We Band Together and Team Humanity.

At first, the idea aimed to create faces masks for the refugees themselves. This would help them protect themselfves from covid-19 and also have a purpose. However, the idea extended and refugees are now making face masks that are being distributed to churches in the United States.

“The refugees began making masks for themselves to try to help with the mitigation efforts. Once they finished, they asked to continue making the masks and send them elsewhere to help. This is giving them an opportunity to have a purpose,” Pastor Robbie McAlister, who works with the National Immigration Forum and the Evangelical Immigration Table.

McAlister said that these are “refugees who have nothing” that “are giving back to people that have come and serve them with whatever they can.”

“It’s just a beautiful story of what I would call reciprocal love and care for one another,” he added.

The team distributes the 100% cotton, double-layered and washable masks throughout Europe and the U.S.

A story behind a face masks needs to be shared

McAlister explained that when pastors give the masks to their churchgoers, they motivate them to pray for the refugees and for what they do.

“A lot of churches are making them available to their members and tell them the story that these are made by refugees who are trying to give back to those of us who have gone and tried to help them,” he said. 

“A lot of the pastors have used [the face masks] to share a positive message about refugees to their congregations. It is just a great opportunity for us to just show that we are all part of humanity and we need to care for one another and God loves the whole world. He certainly has a special place in His heart for the orphan or the widow or the vulnerable and those that are sojourning.”

Source: The Christian Post

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