"You don't belong here."
This sentiment fuels a range of behaviours in our world, from segregation to racial prejudice, and from avoidance to hatred. When we exclude people from our lives, especially those made vulnerable by circumstances beyond themselves, humanity suffers, and our faith suffers.
This week, we have a chance to consider how Jesus is calling us to be in step with Him, with those seeking refuge. Have you noticed that when Jesus saw people, he saw them equally? What if our lives carried that same spirit, that same aroma? To be a Christian is to proclaim, "Jesus is LORD". What if we extended this value of Jesus' leadership in His community (our deeper citizenship), to the migration patterns of the world? What if we saw the arrival of those "different from us" as an invitation from the Spirit of God to love, to include, to value, and to learn from?
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28, New International Version
As followers of Jesus, we are called to compassionately respond to people made vulnerable by circumstances. As we journey together this week, we will hear from some of our own people who have been walking in step with refugees, and the ways Jesus has been at work in their experiences.
Stories from Eldon and Ruth Gamble, and David Benjamin, Calgary.
Interview with Clare and Halima Fuller, and Bethany EMC, Kitchener.
Interview with Lucy Chaimiti, serving with Adam House, Toronto.
A Retrospective with Aynsley Persad, on her work with Hello Europe, and
World Refugee Prayer Summit
What can you do today to demonstrate being
with other followers of Jesus and many more from around the world? Together, we can experience the hope that Jesus is demonstrating with and through refugees' lives.