Jesus the refugee

In Matthew 2:13-15, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream, telling him to get up, take Jesus and his mother, and go to Egypt. King Herod was searching for Jesus and wanted to kill him, so they had to leave everything and flee.

According to the UNHCR, by the end of 2014 there were 19.5 million refugees worldwide, plus 38.2 million internally displaced people (IDPs). During 2014, an average of 42,500 people left their homes each day to seek protection elsewhere.

In the Arab world, by December 2014, of the 11.6 million people of concern in Syria, 3.8 million were refugees and 7.6 million were IDPs. In Iraq, 4.1 million people were either internally or externally displaced. These figures do not include the thousands of forgotten people in war-torn Yemen, who are trapped in their own country, living from day to day in hellish conditions.

These are the victims of war – traumatised, overwhelmed, exhausted – with little to hope for and forever changed by what they have been through. These are the people we are reaching through media in our Love Never Fails initiative.

Pray that as we send out a clear message of hope through Jesus Christ, they would meet Jesus in the midst of their hurt and grief. Even though we are unable to change what they are going through, we want them to know they are not alone – for Jesus lived a fully human life and experienced many of the things they are experiencing today. He wants to walk with them through the valley of the shadow of death.

Thank you for being part of this critical outreach at this significant time in history. Please unite with us in praying that the life-changing message of Christ will go out with power.

  • Meg

    So many nations experiencing conflict and millions of people displaced. This puts the situation in clearer perspective and I pray for all of the people who have had to flee from their homes and their countries, in search of security, freedom from persecution and war. I pray that they will come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and to know the love of God through the Christians they encounter. I pray that they will know the hand of protection from the Lord upon their lives. I pray that the much needed aid will reach those in lost need of it.