“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? Continue reading What life was like, living as a refugee