June 25, 2010
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me! …Truly I tell you, just as you did it to the least of my brethren you did it to me” Matthew 25:35,40
Did you know that the number of migrants worldwide would constitute the fifth most populous country in the world?
Did you know that currently there are 26 million displaced persons in at least 52 countries as a result of conflict?
Refugee Sunday is a unique opportunity to pray and support the refugees. This year the two consecutive Sundays in June 20 or 27 – 2010 to be celebrated by the Refugee Highway Partnership in cooperation with the World Evangelical Alliance to raise awareness for the situation of refugees and internally displaced peoples around the world.
Refugees are the people forced to flee their country because they have been persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group. Today, every second there are people fleeing from their homes and cities seeking safe havens. Around the world, more than 42 million people have no place to call home. Persecution and terror have forced these refugees and internally displaced persons to flee, leaving everything behind. They have lost family members, friends, possessions and the familiar places of their homeland.
Additional information and resources about refugees and displaced persons can be found at the Refugee Highway website: www.refugeehighway.net or http://zoo.iafr.org/ or write to [email protected].
Refugee Highway Partnership has a REFUGEE SUNDAY FaceBook page to share stories and information on World Refugee Sunday. RHP believes this page will help the churches and individuals to connect with refugee ministries, at the same time to share local success stories, events and images.
The World Evangelical Alliance encourages all the Churches to make use of this unique opportunity to pray and support the refugees and internally displaced communities. They still need our intercession, and praying is still the most effective thing we can do for them.
Contact Persons: Jude Simion, Refugee Highway Partnership. Email: [email protected], Sylvia Soon, WEA Chief of Staff. Email: [email protected]
The basic human needs and rights of displaced people
Those in power that they may show concern and respect
Those who work and minister in very difficult conditions
Grief and loss to be turned to joy
“The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself…” Leviticus 19:34
World Evangelical Alliance (WEA): World Evangelical Alliance is made up of 128 national evangelical alliances located in 7 regions and 104 associate member organizations. The vision of WEA is to extend the Kingdom of God by making disciples of all nations and by Christ-centered transformation within society. WEA exists to foster Christian unity, to provide an identity, voice and platform for the 420 million evangelical Christians worldwide.