21 May Men
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Meet Muhammad Ali and Fahad, two individuals who may help you break the stereotype you have of young refugee men in Europe. They were both students from a small Kurdish town in Syria before they left for Europe to escape the war. Because of their age and gender as refugees, they are under the world’s scrutiny. However, we do them a disservice by type-casting them with our fear. The vast majority of young refugee men are respectful, honest, and only hoping for a future of peace. We cannot let our fear or blind judgments get in the way of loving them too.
“I cannot think of the future I want—I need to go back to school, I need an education for my future. I like to learn and need to learn new languages. We left because of the war and fled through Turkey’s mountains with no food and no water for three days trying to get to Europe. And now we are stuck here. No, I cannot think about the future.” -Mohammad, a young refugee who was a student in Syria before he became a refugee
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face s hinge upon us,
That your ways. may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”
Pray for the hearts and minds of young refugee men. Pray that they find hope for their future. And for the thousands of other young refugee men in Europe and the Middle East, pray for a future where they can be accepted, loved, and treated with respect. We circle them in prayer so that they too can stand up for others in love—just as we are trying to stand up for them.
Thank you for your faithful prayers!
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