Where is home? Where are you from? What do you consider your home town?
I dread being asked variations of these questions as an icebreaker. I often just say I’m from Richfield, because it is simple. I’ve lived here for 29 years, and now most of my family are here or somewhere close by. Part of what “home” means to me is where my family is. But my heart still answers with a couple of communities in Kenya, where I spent a large part of my first 18 years.
I am constantly torn between these places, but I always have had a roof over my head and family to lean on. It’s not that way for millions of people who long for a home and family they may never be able to see again.
Social media and the news are full of images of refugees who have been violently uprooted from their homes. Some have tried to get to Europe from the Middle East and North Africa, with mixed reception there. We know that millions are internally displaced people (IDP) within their own countries, or are living in nearby areas still in the Middle East. And there are refugees and IDPs in other regions of the world as a result of religious persecution, civil wars and other conflicts.
How can we help? Get started with some of our mission partners:
Pray for those who are displaced and for the Church reaching out to them
Financially support the Church and NGOs working with IDPs and refugees
Come alongside refugees who are settling in the Twin Cities
When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Leviticus 19:33-34 (ESV)
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2 (ESV)
Peggy Turnbull, Missions Coordinator