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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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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From Fugitive to King

From Fugitive to King

David was a Shepherd boy, a Refugee, a Fugitive, a Composer and a King. When we spent time with refugees they told us their stories. Some stories were gruesome, bad, some were stories of desperation. Some of the refugees we spent time with, lost family members, belongings, hope. They were desperate, no jobs, no houses, no school for their children, no one caring. Others were still hopeful saying, “Maybe we will be able to go back, maybe we can start all over, maybe…”

They were so thankful that we came to them, listened to their stories, telling them that there are still people that care, praying for them.

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Did you know that Adam and Eve were the first refugees?

Did you know that Adam and Eve were the first refugees?

The very first refugees we know of in history, are Adam and Eve.

They became refugees because of sin, their own sin.

People become refugees because of sin. Most times it is because somebody else sinned. Somebody becomes greedy, or self centered or mean or cruel. Because of that sin, innocent people have to flee to be able to survive. God loves all people, refugees and others. He hates sin and the bad things people do, but He is love. Anybody may come to God to get forgiveness of sins. Write to us if you want to find forgiveness and if you want to find God.

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Prophet Moses was a Refugee

Prophet Moses was a Refugee

Like many refugees, Moses lived in a dangerous place at a dangerous time. His people was oppressed by the Pharaoh, although Moses lived in the palace as a prince. In his anger Moses killed an Egyptian and had to flee. He then became a refugee for many years. He started rebuilding his life. Married and named his firstborn son “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”

Maybe he dreamed of going back to his own people and family, but he was scared.

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The Syrian man was sad, “I’m a teacher, but I cannot work. My 14 year old son now support us. My wife is a diabetic, my child needs an operation…” My friend here was a lecturer at a university…” We are in prison here in the camp, we have nowhere to go!” His voice became louder, I had a house, a car, a future, but everything was bombed! We are lost!”

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