We are experiencing the biggest refugee crisis since World War 2
. Millions of people are fleeing violence that we cannot imagine. Their homes and jobs have been destroyed, their children are witnessing things we wouldn’t want our kids to even read about.
Millions of people have suffered so much and 1000-3000 refugees are entering Lesvos, Greece every day
with hope for a better future and a safe place to raise their children. Relief efforts are significantly understaffed and underfunded
and volunteers are needed to cook and serve food, sort and distribute donations, welcome the refugees as they get off the rafts and lead them to the camps, registration lines and provide them with a blanket, hot meal, cup of tea, whatever is available.Brian and I feel called to go there and serve
. To be present there, to remind these refugees of the good in humanity, to give them hope that they will be treated with kindness and empathy as they continue on this long journey.
We are free of a schedule and have never been so available, but we cannot make this happen without your support
We want to go on your behalf and share our experiences with you while we’re there and then bring these stories, videos and photos on the road with us as we tour this summer. We want to shed light on the human impact of this war and share stories that illustrate that these refugees are people just like you and me.
Unfortunately nothing is being provided for volunteers and we’ll have to get a place to stay, cover our meals and rent a car. We’d like to serve for at least 40 days. Based on volunteers who are currently there and costs of flights we’re estimating we’ll need about $5000.
If we raise more we can either volunteer for longer or buy food, blankets, clothes, firewood and whatever else is needed while there on the ground for the refugees. If we don’t raise enough to go we’ll donate any money raised to meet the current needs of the refugees in Lesvos. We are releasing a 4 track EP called ‘Spirit Song’
that Brian just finished recording here in Thailand. One of the songs is called ‘The Refugee’.
All tips from this album will go towards this trip. You can download it here: http://www.brianernst.bandcamp.com
You can tip where you download but we’ll get 100% of your tip if you leave it here at youcaring instead.
We decided not to do this through Journey4YOUth as legally it does not fit into our current programs and objectives. We are still working on behalf of 100s of children and 30 women in Kenya and will continue to advocate for their needs with a focus on long lasting solutions through women empowerment and education for children.
We don’t do any of this for praise and we learn so much from the people we have been blessed to serve and work alongside of. We have also been so blessed by such an incredible community of people from all over the world who support us and make all these things possible.