We must try to help those in des­per­ate need

The Compass - - Editorial -

The TV im­ages of women and ba­bies flee­ing con­flict and war in the hills and fields sur­round­ing Myan­mar is heart­break­ing. These peo­ple are suf­fer­ing from star­va­tion and some are dy­ing as they try to es­cape to safety.

Only re­cently the fed­eral gov­ern­ment matched do­na­tions to those of per­sons giv­ing to reg­is­tered char­i­ties to sup­port the Myan­mar cri­sis, and any­time the fed­eral gov­ern­ment matches fund­ing to any­where in the world, the sit­u­a­tion is al­ways se­ri­ous and needs im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion.

I also re­al­ize how for­tu­nate we are in Canada that we don’t have to suf­fer any of the atroc­i­ties the suf­fer­ing peo­ple flee­ing Myan­mar have to en­dure.

I re­cently wrote the prime min­is­ter re­quest­ing an ex­ten­sion for the match­ing do­na­tions dead­line, and I’m still wait­ing for a re­ply.

I also re­al­ize how for­tu­nate we are in Canada that we don’t have to suf­fer any of the atroc­i­ties the suf­fer­ing peo­ple flee­ing Myan­mar have to en­dure.

To show love and com­pas­sion we need to reach out to them through reg­is­tered char­i­ties. The Lord tells us to love our neigh­bour as our­selves, to use our tal­ents for the greater good and to give gen­er­ously so these suf­fer­ing peo­ple can get the help they des­per­ately need.

Peo­ple who give to reg­is­tered char­i­ties need to pri­or­i­tize as to where the char­ity will serve the most good. There are some peo­ple who tell me char­ity be­gins at home and we need to fo­cus on our own needs first.

Here in Canada and the U.S., we pro­duce two-thirds of the world’s wealth and have one-third the pop­u­la­tion, besides we have so­cial sys­tems set up to care for our poor.

The cor­po­rate works of mercy (feed the poor, clothe the naked, care for the sick, etc.) should trump any other pri­or­ity we may have, be­cause we need to be as­sured we are on the road the Lord wants us to travel in this life.

To show love and com­pas­sion we need to reach out to them through reg­is­tered char­i­ties.

David Jones writes from Mount Pearl

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