Refugees Among Us
There are refugees in our city and we did something controversial on Easter weekend. We gave people dozens of opportunities to serve the refugees in Denver. Why is this controversial? Because many people are afraid of them. Many believe we are helping potential terrorists. I hate the terrorism that takes place in our world. It is an atrocity. I am not naive enough to believe that we do not have terrorists in our country, just like the ones living in Paris and Brussels. I pray our country does not have another 9/11 or Boston Marathon bombing.
At the same time it is ridiculous to think that most refugees are terrorists or potential terrorists. Most refugees are homeless and have left their countries under dire circumstances.
My friend Tamim is a great example. He chose to be an interpreter for our military in Afghanistan because he became a target of the Taliban. He was shot in a ditch one night and left for dead. He is here because if he would have stayed in his country, he would have been killed.
He came here to save his life, and his family.
Let me give you three reasons we minister to refugees at Restoration.
- God wants us to. Isaiah 16:3 says, "Hide the fugitives, do not betray the refugees."
- We were refugees once. Ephesians 2:11-13 says, "Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called 'uncircumcised' by those who call themselves 'the circumcision' (which is done in the body by human hands) 12. Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ."
- They need the hope of the gospel. There is no better way to bring peace into the world than to start by helping people make peace with God.
There are opportunities right now to love the refugees among us. Please contact Sara for more information.