Today is World Refugee Day. It is estimated that more than 20 million people around the globe today are refugees. As many as 65 million people have been displaced from their homes, either as internally displaced persons or as international refugees.
Unfortunately, the photographs of refugees that dominated our headlines a short time ago now have slipped into the background. The media moved on to the next big story.
Yet, as we go about our lives, thousands continue to embark on this journey, seeking refuge and a better existence in a safer place.
“THE SIMPLE TRUTH IS THAT REFUGEES WOULD NOT RISK THEIR LIVES ON A JOURNEY SO DANGEROUS IF THEY COULD THRIVE WHERE THEY ARE.”
– MELISSA FLEMING, UNHCR
Today, the death rate for those crossing the Mediterranean sea has doubled, and according to the UN Refugee Agency, we are witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record.
The Refugee Crisis is still happening – we’ve just forgotten about it.
Faced with such a huge problem, the easiest thing to do is to ignore it; to pretend that there’s nothing we can do and carry on with our lives. The refugee crisis is a problem that we resign to the impossible.
But we are “prayer people.”
We believe in a God of miracles. We believe in a God who miraculously intervenes. We believe in the power of the creator of earth who can save lives.
It is easier to ignore the refugee crisis than to pray for it. But praying isn’t just something we should do; it’s something that we must devote ourselves to.
We want to invite you to learn more about the Refugee Campaign and lift up a prayer as you’re reading this for all of those that are homeless, stateless, lost and desperate.
During times of crisis, God gives us an opportunity to shine His Love and share His Gospel to our broken world. The times may be frightening but our God is greater and there are refugees that need His comfort and Love right now.
MORE has hosted more than 200 refugees in Brazil. We are currently building the City of Refuge – a 62-acre property that will house hundreds more as they go through training and discipleship while healing and preparing for their new life away from war and fear.
Click here to donate and make your impact. It’s World Refugee Day today and also a day for Salvation and Redemption!
Listen to the incredible story of Joanna and how her life changed through MORE’s refugee project. “Being a refugee is being stuck”. But today she is finding new family, friends, and life in Brazil. There’s reason to rejoice, yet again.