Samara's Aid – one woman's response to God's prompting
Samara is a local Mum, who realised that she was being called to do something to help when she saw, on television in 2013, pictures of children and families, escaping from civil war in Syria. They were trying to survive, living in horrendous conditions with their children in bare feet or flip-flops in the snow. She contrasted the comparative wealth and comfort surrounding her own children and started to collect good clothes and shoes.
At first, it seemed ridiculous. Sending quantities of anything to a war-torn Middle Eastern country is not what most people do, and how do you address parcels to people you don't know? The short version of this story is that God started to show Samara the way. (You can read the long story on the website www.samarasaidappeal.org)
By now, well over 100 large lorries have taken good quality clothes, shoes and medical aid to areas serving refugees from Syrian and Iraq
Samara is adamant that people who have lost so much should not just have our left-overs – all the items sent are in first class condition. Hospitals have been set up and equipped and people all over the this country are serving those in need as we have been taught:
38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
40 “The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'