A Challenge to Seattle Hipsters
August 7, 2008, 5:28 pm
Filed under: Free Burma, Seattle, social action

So, a few months ago, everyone in the hip, flavor of the month activist issue club both here in Seattle, and around North America got all up in arms over the violence in Burma/Myanmar.  It did get bad there, no question.  The violence by the government against Buddhist monks got the most airplay in Western media.  It’s good that we see this stuff.  But it’s a far cry better when you can actively do something positive to help.

Here’s the deal.  If you are in the Seattle area and were a protest-y type on this issue, I’ve got a prime opportunity for you to get personally involved – a chance to put up or shut up as it were.  Here’s the deal.  There are many refugees from Burma/Myanmar arriving in the Seattle area right now.  In many cases, they’re arriving with literally nothing but the clothes they’re wearing.

A local pastor in the collective of churches I work with is reaching out to these people and trying to help.  He needs help.  They need everything from a bus or vans to microwave ovens and rice cookers.  So what say you?  You can get a basic rice cooker for 20 bucks.  A good microwave can be had for $50-$100.  If you’re interested in helping out, shoot me an e-mail at: spiritfarmer [at] gmail [dot] com.

By the way – this call for help goes beyond just those who were hipster protest-y types.  These folks could use all the help they can get right now.


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very cool.

we’re in relationship with a karen/chin/burmese churchplant in kent. i have a feeling this might be the same group.

another tangible gift: 10lb bags of rice = less than $10

Comment by eugenecho

OK, I’ll bite. Put me down for a couple rice cookers. Or maybe I’ll just send some cash and you guys do whatever’s needed at the moment. If you’ll send me the address, I’ll mail a check this week. I’ll post on it too.
Just one request. Can we get the Gospel to them in their language?

Comment by Jack Allen

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