Christians Unite in Prayer on World Refugee Sunday Today - By Joseph Keenan, Christian Post - USA

General June 22, 2009

On “World Refugee Sunday” today, Christians around the world are uniting in prayer and showing their support for more than 42 million refugees, individually and through their churches.

World Refugee Sunday is an annual event, held on two consecutive Sundays (21 and 28 June) and celebrated by the Refugee Highway Partnership (RHP) in cooperation with the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). It is observed on the two Sundays following World Refugee Day declared by United Nations which falls on 20 June every year.

Earlier, the public statement made by the two bodies urged churches and individuals to participate to remember especially those who are “persecuted and oppressed” for their faith around the world.”

Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, the International Director of WEA, said in the news release that he hopes World Refugee Sunday will engage the people of faith worldwide on issues of millions of refugees and internally displaced people.

“As Jesus calls his followers to be concerned for all of ‘the least of these,’ WEA calls the worldwide evangelical community to participate in this event and pray for families who because of war, violence or disaster are forced from their homes and communities,” said the international director of WEA.

WEA is a network of churches in 128 nations that have each formed an evangelical alliance and over 100 international organizations joining together to give a worldwide identity, voice and platform to more than 420 million evangelical Christians.

A number of resource tools like posters, bible studies, sermon notes, presentations, have been created by RHP to bring wider awareness to churches on refugee issues and increase their participation in supporting and praying for the displaced.

RHP is a community of Christians from around the globe who share a commitment to welcome and serve refugees.

The resource tools can be downloaded from the Refugee Highway website at:  www.refugeehighway.net  

It hopes that these tools will bring wider awareness to churches on refugee issues and increase their participation for the cause.

According to UNHCR’s recently released “Global Trends” report, refugees and asylum seekers account for 16 million of the total 42 million uprooted people while internally displaced people uprooted within their own countries account for some 26 million.