Refugees are risking their lives to leave war-torn countries such as Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, journeying to safer European countries.
Europe’s refugee i crisis has escalated as border controls were reintroduced and Germany admitted it could no longer cope with the influx. Berlin had sought to criticise others – including Britain – for not taking in enough refugees after it announced it would no longer deport those coming from Syria. But the EU’s passport-free travel zone was on the brink of collapse after Germany was forced to ask Italy to tighten border controls.
What is the answer to this terrible humanitarian situation that faces the world? Politicians and leaders are at a loss to find a meaningful solution.
Things are changing. Life in the West will be impacted at every level, economically, culturally, socially, politically – this is a seismic earthquake of change, and we have only one meaningful option, and that is, to pray.
We’re not praying about things, but people. Hundreds and thousands of people.
Only God can help us and give us wisdom to know what to do. This is the time for us to be like the men of Issachar who had discernment, wisdom and initiative.
“Of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs, and all their kinsmen under their command”. (1 Chron 12:32)
The apostle Paul, also brings wisdom and insight to our situation and raises further challenges to the Churches willingness to respond to the opportunity that is opening up to us;
“And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’ ” (Acts 17:24-28)
There are no immediate quick fixes, one thing is for certain – a door of opportunity is swinging wide for the gospel to be declared, shown and demonstrated to what will number millions in the coming days. Seize the day – don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime.
The most significant door of opportunity is swinging wide for the gospel that we have ever encountered in modern days. Seize the day.
We must help, intervene, befriend, welcome, feed, clothe and love these brothers and sisters that are reaching out in desperation to us.
Jesus’ words are like the loud ominous clanging of Big Ben at mid-day,
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ ” (Matthew 25:35-40)
Our first option starts in prayer. Pray for the Leaders of our nations and the Church to have wisdom, compassion, integrity and the resolve to do all they can to help, and for the Lord Jesus to intervene in this terrible moment.
- A migrant is a person who makes a conscious choice to leave their country to seek a better life elsewhere. Before they decide to leave their country, migrants can seek information about their new home, study the language and explore employment opportunities. They can plan their travel, take their belongings with them and say goodbye to the important people in their lives. They are free to return home at any time if things don’t work out as they had hoped, if they get homesick or if they wish to visit family members and friends left behind.
Refugees are forced to leave their country because they are at risk of, or have experienced persecution. The concerns of refugees are human rights and safety, not economic advantage. They leave behind their homes, most or all of their belongings, family members and friends. Some are forced to flee with no warning and many have experienced significant trauma or been tortured or otherwise ill-treated. The journey to safety is fraught with hazard and many refugees risk their lives in search of protection. They cannot return unless the situation that forced them to leave improves. (back)