To Be Known
Last week a few of us from Hope attended a training session for church teams being matched with refugee families. The speaker shared from her experiences with refugees that have not been resettled yet. Each family was asked, “What is your biggest need?” The answer most consistently at the top of the list was, “We want to be treated as human beings.” Even when they were given physical help along the way, they often felt dehumanized, treated like animals or numbers in a faceless crowd. They wanted to be seen, looked in the eyes, listened to, welcomed, and loved. They wanted to BE KNOWN.
I think all of us can relate to this deep need and desire. We are created in the image of God, to be in relationship with God and with one another.
As we go deeper with Jesus trusting that we are fully known in Him, and grow closer in community becoming fully known to one another, the foundation is laid for us to go wider in the Kingdom. Becoming fully known in our community involves reciprocity in our relationships. For our neighbors to know us fully, we need to see and listen to them, so we can know them as well. This is true whether they are newly arrived refugees, students in our schools, city leaders, or others who have been here for a long time.
by Peggy Turnbull