Lent – What Next?

For the last six weeks, we journeyed together through prayer on behalf of refugees. We’ve read God’s vision for the world. We’ve asked God to offer hope in the darkness of this global crisis. Chances are, some of you are feeling burdened to take action on behalf of refugees. Ministering to those in need is… Read more »

Aadab’s Story

Today we hear the story of Aadab, a Taliban widow whose life was marked by violence and uncertainty. Through escape, she found a different meaning to the idea of “new life.” Imagine being married to a Taliban fighter — a man of terrifying rapport and horrible violence, a global enemy. This was the dark reality… Read more »

All Things New – Holy Week Prayer Guide

Theme for the Week When Jesus came, He upset many expectations. Where the people expected the Messiah to come with swords and shields, Jesus came with compassion and mercy. Where they looked for political upheaval to brashly restore national rule, Jesus brought spiritual upheaval and quiet redemption. In Jesus’ death and resurrection, Israel didn’t regain… Read more »

The recyclables-gatherer

When everything from language to customs is foreign, international workers must use seemingly small moments to build relationships with refugees. Below, one worker in Europe shares a story about a young man encountered on the walk home. Walking home, John saw him: a young, thin, recyclables-gatherer searching through a rubbish bin for some paper or… Read more »

God’s welcome to the Foreigner

Countries often hesitate to welcome refugees because of many decades of war and prejudice between people groups. One international worker shares how pastors at an Arab seminary are taking to heart God’s message to welcome the foreigner. Most years, I go to Beirut in June, up to the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, where two of… Read more »

Foreigners – Week 4 Prayer Guide (March 11)

Theme for the Week Stranger. Unfamiliar. Alien. Outsider. All familiar words if you’ve ever walked into a room where you knew no one or felt like you just don’t belong. We often try to organize the world into neat and tidy categories: good vs. evil. Near vs. far. Us vs. them. While these categories may… Read more »

Omar’s Story

Meet Omar, a Gambian refugee currently residing in Barcelona. His journey to Spain is complete, but his spiritual journey is just beginning. Omar grew up in Gambia. He was the son of his father’s second wife, and when he entered adulthood, he realized there would not be enough land for him to live on the… Read more »

Light in Moria

This week, as we identify with the losses our refugee neighbors have faced, one missionary shares a story of hope breaking through in a seemingly hopeless situation. Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece, is an incredibly dark place. Built in a former prison, it has become home to over 6,000 refugees from Syria, Congo, Eritrea,… Read more »