While the world debates whether to help the Muslim refugees now flooding Europe, the legitimate Christian refugees who have been persecuted by Muslims, deprived of food, shelter and even the most basic needs of life beg for your help. Unlike the Muslim 'refugees' who want residency in the US, transportation, health care, food stamps, health care and education, these desperate Christians just want your help with a minimum level of food and shelter from the elements. Will you help?
Many Christian families in Pakistan suffer severe persecution from the Muslim majority. The women (and boys) are raped, and the children are often enslaved.
Some families manage to escape. The UN pressures other poor nations to grant them asylum. One such country is Thailand, who has granted political asylum to more than 600 Christian families from Pakistan.
However, a quirk in the law leaves these families in a state of limbo; they are technically illegal immigrants, and thus, cannot work to support themselves. Further, many of the people who work for the UN are Muslims and/or are hostile to Christianity, reducing the odds of Christians ever receiving asylum.
One such family came to my attention. This family of five has suffered greatly since selling every one of their posessions in order to make the trip to escape from Pakistan. The family was imprisoned for a time by Thai officials who disdain foreigners and Christians, and released only with the intervention of an pentecostal preacher known as "Pastor Windy".
The family has also received support from Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Bangkok as well as Caritas Thailand. However, I learned after speaking with one of their volunteers that while there are around 600 families in this situation, they only have resources for about 50. Father Phairot at Holy Redeemer, along with Yela Smit, the volunteer refugee coordinator, and Ansar Masih at Caritas Bangkok all know this family personally and affirm their legitimate need.
Without the ability to work or open a bank account, they live in very desperate situations. They lack even the most rudimentary health care and many die. Some of the families include well educated or skilled workers who can no longer even feed their families.
I cannot solve this problem, but with your help, we can ease the suffering of one family. $14 a day provides food and a one-room shelter for a family of five. I have verified their identity, their status, and their story with the staff at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Bangkok. There is an English speaking parishoner there and several English speaking Priests for those who wish to perform further due diligence.
Once donations reach $100 I will forward money to the family via Western Union and I will post the receipt as well as the family's pictoral proof of the use of funds on each occasion.
I will continue to send them in increments of $100 to a maximum of $400 per month. Any donations over $400 we will disburse over time.
If we reach our goal we will have provided life to this family of five for a full year. I hope in the interim to develop an income earning opportunity for this family so they can survive until their circumstances change.
Update: We will send in increments up to $200 to save a few dollars on the Western Union fees.