What life was like, living as a refugee

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“We are simply killed if we believe in Jesus. When I was eleven, I witnessed the public execution of a Christian. I was so sick, I nearly died. We have not received enough water for five days. The insurgents burnt Christian homes. They emptied churches and destroyed all furniture and equipment. The IS fighters look them in the eyes, but don’t see a human being. The Muslims in the village wanted to kill me; one day, they came to do just that. They surrounded my home and pelted stones on our roof. They wanted us to convert to Islam, but we refused.”

The quote above comes from a number of different refugees around the world, who’s names and identities cannot be revealed due to safety reasons. You hear a lot about refugees, migrants and IDPs in the news, but do you truly know about the life of these people; our neighbours. I discovered, with the help of Open Doors, who work with refugees in 60+ countries worldwide, what life is like, as a refugee.

But first, we must understand what the Bible says about refugees. “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner… must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord you God.” – Leviticus 19:33-34 The world is on the move. Our neighbours are in need. Our family are calling out for help. Will you stand with them? Will you live like a refugee? 

LLAR_pack_sml2-1A few weeks back, I orders the free, ‘Live like a refugee’ resource from Open Doors. Since reading it through; the daily Bible readings and series of challenges, my perceptions and views on refugees and IDPs has changed forever. The first paragraph of this post was made up from quotes in the resource.

As well as the booklet providing you with a Refugee Identity Card, and reminding you of everything a refugee leaves behind as they flee impending death or torture, it contains messages of hope, both from the Bible and Open Doors workers out there in the action.

The six weeks or daily devotionals, prayers and stories from those who have fled their home due to persecution, is great in the run up to Easter, or any other time of the year. You can order you free booklet here. Every week there are a series of challenges, some which you can see below, which truly let try to step into the shoes of someone who has fled their home due to persecution.

  • Carry your UN identity card with you at all times. (Identity is crucial to the life of a refugee.)
  • Get up in the middle of the night and pray. (You have had many a sleepless night, as a result of rumours and anxiety.)
  • Treasure the Bible. (At a checkpoint your Bible was confiscated.)
  • Turn your heating off for a day. (You live in tents and it is a real challenge for you to keep warm.)
  • Live on a refugees rations. (You have little food in the camps, how will you cope?)

Has your view of refugees changed? Yes or no, I challenge you today, to order the booklet, follow it through to the end and continue to pray for your neighbours, not he other side of the world, who are suffering because of their beliefs. “Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

I hope you have enjoyed this post and have gained something from it. Comment below your thoughts on the topic and if you are planning to order the booklet or not. If you do, I prayer that it will change your view on life for the better.

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