Hillsong Young & Free have announced a free release of the video "Real Love" for a very special reason.
Instead of paying for the download, the band is asking people to donate to a World Vision program that provides aid to Syrian refugee children.
Young & Free’s Laura Toggs said the idea to encourage real love for refugees came about after delays with the video when, “I became much more involved and aware of the current plight of the middle-east and I believe that maybe God had something else in mind all along."
“I am so grateful for God’s timing and believe that this music video isn’t just meant to be in vain, but rather its timing is perhaps God-ordained for us to rise-up beyond ourselves and to extend this 'REAL LOVE' across borders into circumstances that are unimaginable to us.”
Toggs said, “It is difficult to reconcile how we were so lucky to be born into such blessing and prosperity while others are born into the grievance of war. What a time this is to extend REAL LOVE beyond ourselves to other young people who desperately need us to stand with them. THIS. IS. REAL. LOVE."
The Young & Free website features a link to a special World Vision Donation button beneath the video.
The funds raised will go directly towards aiding Syrian refugee children & young people in their education and schooling, as well as other vital necessities in partnership with World Vision USA.
“The refugee crisis can seem so enormous and complex,” said Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S. “But God isn’t asking us to solve it. He’s simply asking us to love. Real love is what we do for people who are nothing like us. It’s love that expects nothing in return. That’s the kind of love Jesus showed us. Thank you, Hillsong Young & Free, for using your inspirational music to elevate the needs of unwanted and unloved refugees and rally support for them.”
Download “Real Love” and donate to World Vision at http://hillsong.com/youngandfree/reallove/