Pictures of food don’t normally make me cry. But I got all choked up scrolling through the Instagram tag #EatLikeSyria on Wednesday.
Thank you for taking an evening to honor, remember, and stand in solidarity with your refugee brothers and sisters for World Refugee Day!
Seeing photos of friends and families gathered around a table spread with traditional Syrian food and reading about conversations that dove deep into the issues faced by refugees was so beautiful. It was yet another reminder of how incredible the Preemptive Love community really is.
You all are just… wonderful.
All over the world, people participated in this evening of food, culture, and learning. I started my day watching dinner pictures roll in from Australia. Then, photos started coming in from Europe, before making their way, east-to-west, across the US.
Photos of colorful veggie trays and dips accompanied stories of people who learned so much about Syrian food, culture, and history while making their meal.
Honest and passionate conversation over beers with friends and stuffed peppers and ka’ak bread to #EatLikeSyria in solidarity with vulnerable people for #worldrefugeeday yesterday. pic.twitter.com/P4IMgCGFdP
— John Weirick (@johnweirick) June 21, 2018
People described meaningful conversations and times of prayer they had over dinner and how it led them closer to the experiences and realities of refugee families.
“Food is a shared human experience that connects us in a profound way, whether it’s served on the frontlines of conflict or on your family’s dinner table.” Shared a beautiful Syrian dinner with these angels tonight in honour of World Refugee Day, inspired by @preemptivelove – an incredible organisation working on the ground to help people fleeing war and conflict in Syria and Iraq #EatlikeSyria ❤️
Parents got their kids involved and explained how some people have to run away from violence, but how we can still show up to help. They explained how we can unmake violence with preemptive love.
It filled me with gratitude and hope to know that so many of you would go out of your way to buy food and spices you wouldn’t normally buy, host a dinner party in your home, and learn about a culture that is not your own. All for the sake of love and human connection.
Tonight was a lovely #EatLikeSyria dinner gathering at our home, inspired by @preemptivelove to celebrate the culture of a country decimated by war, and connect to the plight of refugees displaced from their homes. It's #WorldRefugeeDay today. There are countless people running from dinners, friends, and homes like this. Scared and alone. Looking for a new home. Give a dollar. Give some food. Give some love and prayer. Whatever you can offer to people who need some love today.
Thank you for taking an evening to #EatLikeSyria. Thank you for choosing empathy over momentary compassion.
Thank you for choosing to love so audaciously. We are grateful to be in this with you.