Our Deepest Condolences…

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you tonight.

Some of you may have already heard about the great tragedy that occurred earlier this month, in which a boat carrying over 500 migrating African refugees, most of them Eritreans, capsized and sank just off the Italian coast of Lampadeusa killing over 300 people.  What you may not know, is that one of these people was the dear brother of our friend Haben Taffese.  Sadly, Bereket Taffese was not one of the survivors.

Many things could be said at this point about the injustice of having to risk everything to flee your country in hopes of a better life and the freedom to worship God.  It’s one of the very problems Justice for Humanity is trying to solve.  But my heart tells me that right now isn’t the time to teach or inform, it’s simply a time to mourn the loss of sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, loved ones and friends.

Our hearts are filled with sorrow for everyone effected by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers go out to you even if you’re a world away, even if you feel alone, and even if nobody even knows your name.

The Lord has put this scripture on my heart:

The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart;
the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
Those who walk uprightly enter into peace;
they find rest as they lie in death.
(Isaiah 57:1-2)

Father, we praise you even in the midst of our sorrow, and we trust in the knowledge that you are good.  Praise to you for the life you’ve given us. Praise to you for our promise of salvation. Praise to you for the love we’ve been shown. Amen

– Justice for Humanity

News about the Lampadeusa tragedy can be found at the following links:
http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/08/world/europe/italy-lampedusa-boat-sinking/
http://www.smh.com.au/world/sinking-a-scene-from-the-titanic-20131005-2v16m.html