1 in every 110 people in the world is currently a refugee or internally displaced person. For the fifth year in a row the number of refugees has grown so that there are now nearly 69 million people who have have fled their homes because of war, violence, and persecution. It feels like a crisis too large for us to do anything about and yet we believe that Jesus calls us to join him meeting the needs of these men, women, and children.
We are committed to the cause of refugees. God called his chosen people to “love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt” (Dt.10:19). Jesus himself was a refugee when his family fled through Egypt after an angel warned Joseph to leave before Herod killed the infant Jesus (Mt. 2:13). Hospitality is at the heart of Jesus’ message about the Kingdom of God. He has welcomed us to a family that is undivided by national borders or tribal allegiances and we in turn extend the welcome we have received to others.
Today is World Refugee Day and we encourage you to learn more about the 69 million people around the world who have fled their homes in search of safety. The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) offers a a glimpse of refugees around the world today in Nigeria, Turkey, Sudan, Panama, and more on their live blog that can help you envision the breath of the crisis.
The Restoration family continues to love the refugees who have made their home in our community and support the work of organizations like Gateway of Grace who equip others to welcome refugees. We celebrate the work of the Dominguez family and others who have dedicated their lives to serve refugees. And we pray that God would equip us to respond to this ongoing crisis, including the painful separation of families on our southern border. May God make us faithful advocates for people and policies that honor the dignity of every person as we extend the radical hospitality of Jesus to all those who need a place to call home.
Prayer for Refugees
you are the source of all goodness, generosity and love.
We thank you for opening the hearts of many
to those who are fleeing for their lives.
Help us now to open our arms in welcome,
and reach out our hands in support.
That the desperate may find new hope,
and lives torn apart be restored.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, Our Lord,
who fled persecution at His birth
and at His last triumphed over death. Amen.