Do you know a refugee?

Do you know a refugee?

We met them in many countries of the world. People devastated mainly by war, politics and natural disasters. They said:

“The fact that you came from another part of the world shows me that you care, that helps me a lot! Thank you so much!”
“Why do you care?”
“Why did you come?”
“Why are you different?”

We could help them with trauma relief. We listened to their stories and we cried with them. Because we also experienced difficulties and loss we could understand their sorrow. We wanted them to stand up again and blossom.

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Jesus was a refugee

Jesus was a refugee

In a humble inn 2000 years ago, the innkeeper said to Joseph and Mary who was probably already in labour: “There is no room at the inn.”

Jesus was born like a refugee baby, with no place to stay.

Wise men from the East followed the special star to honour the new King. When Herod heard that a new King had been born, he wanted to kill that baby boy. To make sure of this, he killed all boys under two years old.

Joseph was warned in a dream that Herod wanted to kill baby Jesus. Joseph then fled to Egypt with his family. They stayed in Egypt as refugees until Herod the king, had died in their home country

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Jesus was a refugee

I will follow you wherever you go

Luke 9:57-58 NASB

“As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, ‘I will follow You wherever You go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’”

Prophet Abraham was a Refugee

Prophet Abraham was a Refugee

Father Abraham moves from a place in Iraq to an area near Jerusalem. He then flees to Egypt. He becomes a refugee… Next week: “Jesus the Refugee”.

The refugee crisis is impacting our world today. It will be affecting all of us for years to come.

The book of James in the Bible does have something to add to our response to refugees.

James, the brother of Jesus, stresses our responsibility to reach out to the needy with care and compassion. He reveals that the ongoing care of the weak is a means of displaying God’s presence within the world. It shows truth and obedient following of God’s command and His heart. Reaching out and caring for suffering refugees is a way to show the presence of God in this world.

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Prophet Abraham was a Refugee

Pure and genuine religion

James 1:27

“What God the Father considers to be pure and genuine religion is this: to take care of orphans and widows in their suffering and to keep oneself from being corrupted by the world.” GNB

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