Last week, our U.S. staff gathered together for a time of prayer and lament for the life of George Floyd and the many others who have lost their lives due to systemic racism this year. World Relief’s Karen Gonzalez led our team through a devotional on the Emmaus Road and challenged us all to be present, even when it’s uncomfortable, and listen to those who are hurting. She said:
There’s a common refrain that people often say — they want to be a voice for the voiceless. But the fact is, there are no voiceless people. There are just people who are preferably unheard or silenced because no one wants to hear them. The Bible invites us to suffer with those who suffer. Not just to be spectators to pain, but to fully enter into it with our neighbors. And in order to do that, we have to listen, and we have to be present.
We invite you to participate in this reflection with us. You’ll find Karen’s presentation below and you can view it along with the slides she used.