Today I had the incredible opportunity to meet with New American Pathways, an organization that helps to resettle refugees here in Georgia.
Since my new calling in the Relief Society Presidency I had recently been tasked with finding a service project for our women in the Athens 1st area.
The following three talks I had heard in the past two weeks lead me to know exactly where I thought we could be of use:
After today I am feeling fueled to help these refugees. My heart was touched to hear some of the circumstances these people face and the journey it is for them to find freedom and to feel safe. Although there are nearly 60 million refugees in the world and that can feel overwhelming I know and believe what is in the scriptures, "the worth of souls is great in the sight of God." (Doctrine and Covenants 18:10.) And even if we can help ONE soul, it means everything to that soul and everything to God. We are all His children.
I also believe in what Jesus Christ taught and how we can apply this to our brothers and sisters in Matthew 25, "For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in."
I believe in service. I believe in helping hands. And I believe that we are God's hands.
The state of Georgia is in the top 5 of the US states that help to resettle refugees. New American Pathways helps to resettle almost 500 refugees each year. I want to be on the helping side and I want to make a difference.
The LDS Relief Society is THE LARGEST WOMENS ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD. With over 6 million women in 170 different countries. I am so proud to be a little moving part in that big force. The RS motto is "Charity never faileth." If we are giving help and extending kindness and showing love how Jesus Christ does then we cannot and will not fail.
I am waiting on my back ground check to come back clear and then we can get to work!