65 million people worldwide have been forcibly displaced from their homes. 22 million are refugees who have fled from their home countries. Half of the 22 million are children.
June 20 marks World Refugee Day and June 25 is World Refugee Sunday, giving us a week to focus and reflect on the current refugee crisis and pray over how we as Christians are called to intervene.
What is a refugee?
According to the UN, “A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence.”
Why should we care?
God’s word has much to say about compassion for foreigners, neighbors, and strangers.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 informs us God is reconciling the world to himself, and that he has committed to us his ministry of reconciliation.
In Deuteronomy 10:18-19, God declares his love and care for the foreigners among us, instructing us to love them, too.
In 1 Kings 8:41-44 we learn that we have the opportunity to make his name great among all peoples.
Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:35-46 make clear that when we show compassion for others, we are doing a service for the Lord.
In Luke 6:27-36, Jesus instructs us to love generously, giving more than is asked of us, even to those we see as our enemies. Read more…
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