I’m writing on World Refugee Day, that seeks to raise awareness of the reality of the global refugee crisis. According to UNHCR, there are more than 65 million refugees around the world, over half of whom are children. The refugee crisis has been thrown into sharp relief in the past week by the forced separation of families at the borders in the US, with haunting images of weeping children and people in cages, provoking moral outrage. The role of the local church is to love and welcome the foreigners in our communities. Refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people are among the world’s most vulnerable people. God calls us to seek their protection and welfare. While this isn’t an issue that directly affects us in Allesley Park, we have a duty to pray and campaign, as this affects many of our brothers and sisters around the world, and indeed in parts of our city.
Read the bulletin on the back page for some prayer pointers on this issue.
Weekly Prayer Guide – World Refugee Week Special
· Pray that God would graciously provide for the essential needs of security, shelter, water, food and medical care for refugees and internally displaced people. Pray that God would hear their cries and lead them to a place of safety.
· Pray that God would raise up peacemakers and bring peace to countries where wars, violence and persecution are forcing people from their homes. Pray for peace and safety in major refugee producing countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, D.R. Congo, South Sudan, Central Africa Republic, Myanmar, Iraq, Columbia, Viet Nam, and Eritrea.
· Pray for our forcibly displaced brothers and sisters who live in difficult circumstances and with uncertain futures. Pray that God would give them their daily bread. Pray that he will heal their hearts, minds and bodies from traumas suffered. Pray that they would know God’s presence with them and that God would renew their faith, joy and strength with each sunrise. Pray that God would give them a hope and a future.
· Pray for refugee women and children. They are among the world’s most vulnerable people and make up more than half of the world’s refugee population. Pray that God would protect them from people who would like to prey upon them and exploit their vulnerability.