Humanitarian Prayers’ Second Mission: Education and Awareness

Humanitarian Prayers is all about encouraging people to pray for those suffering most in our world. A crucial part of that is educating people about what is happening in countries they may be unfamiliar with.

To be honest, one year ago I did not know that there was a country named the Central African Republic; one-quarter of this small African country’s population is displaced. Pray for them here.

Like I said in 4 Super Simple Ways to Help the Poor Internationally, one way to help is to raise awareness: a person cannot work to resolve an issue if they don’t know it exists. Once educated, prayer is a way anyone can make a difference.

If you are a reader of Humanitarian Prayers, you will know that I include Notes and Explanations after the prayers in each post. I would love for readers to become more globally aware and stay tuned to what is happening beyond their borders. I am grateful to receive feedback with words of thanks for informing readers about humanitarian crises they were unfamiliar with.

With information also comes perspective. Having taken college classes on journalism, I do my best to provide readers with a reasonably objective view of international affairs. If you stay tuned to the news, you will hear that there are specific parties who are at fault for certain humanitarian crises. I make effort to not name one-sided blame with this blog (there are always multiple sides of the story), though I may be perfectly clear about which parties and countries are increasing human misery in private conversations.

If I were to say I have a filter, it would be portraying the world through the eyes of mercy and compassion, two key traits that are repeated throughout the Bible and that this world could use a whole lot more of.

Practical ways to be more globally aware

Think about where you get your news. Consider what your sources are and what their audiences are. I like to get my news on international affairs from non-U.S.-based publications such as Reuters, BBC, and Al Jazeera. They generally don’t have the left-right biases found in U.S.-based publications. If you get your news from a customizable feed like the Apple News app, add topics like The Middle East and Africa to your interests.

Look at who you follow on social media. Start following international nonprofits as well as the people who work for and lead them. If you need a quick list, look up and follow UNHCR, the International Rescue Committee, MSF/Doctors Without Borders, and Catholic Relief Services.

Consider what you listen to. There are some really cool podcasts about humanitarian issues. Check out Awake At Night by the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission on Refugees) and Displaced by the International Rescue Committee.

Have any more ideas? Make a comment below.

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