Every human is a child of God.

Half of the world’s refugees are children. They are The Lord’s Child.

We are all created in the image of God, He is our Father.

Every two seconds someone in the world is forced to leave their home and everything they know. With the threat of violence, persecution or disaster knocking on their door they make the only choice they can to find safety—they run.
In recent years fewer and fewer of the 70 million people who are forcibly displaced have access to the protection they need to rebuild their lives. Many nations that are hosting asylum seekers and refugees—including the United States at our southern border—deny them access to fundamental rights and critical services or have effectively closed their borders. (CWS global)

The Bible has a surprising amount to say about refugees, foreigners in our land.

“Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.” Deuteronomy 27:19

“Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” Exodus 22:21
There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28

He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. Deuteronomy 10:18

The world is witnessing the forced migration of 65 million people worldwide, the most in recorded history.

The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow . . . Psalm 146:9.

These are just a few of the scriptures that share the heart of God about this situation. Often, Americans have no paradigm for the issue of refugees because most have never considered leaving the nation due to threat or fear for their lives. We must put ourselves in the shoes of others, living in places most will never go. This crisis creates the necessity for bold leadership. Christian leaders must rally the church to its God-given mission of caring for the most vulnerable, which today includes millions of refugees and displaced people.

Prayer is our first response every time. Calling heaven to earth is the solution to every problem. Here are some ways you can pray:
- Pray that God will aid families who have fled their home country and guide them to safe communities. - Pray for families to get critical resources like shelter, food, water, and healthcare.
- Pray that children whose educations have been disrupted will be able to resume classes and prepare for a brighter future.
- Pray for government leaders around the world to show compassion to refugees by providing both immediate aid and support for long-term solutions.
- Pray for the global Christian community to show the fullness of God’s love through compassion, prayer, and material support.

Crisis like these are the time for The Church to be an example to the world. We fast & pray for refugees, we give financially to help in their time of need, we go when God says go, and we send when God calls someone else to go. We are the very essence of God on the earth to every hopeless person.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in ...” Matthew 25:35

The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
—Psalm 9:9

We don’t have to understand, but we cannot turn a blind eye to the needs of so many. Together, we can help the hopeless!

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