23 May Promised Land
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Germany has become the desired end point for most refugees–a “promised land” of prosperity and peace, away from war. However, the reality is far different than the ideal. Upon arrival, many become stuck again in processing centers. Their futures remain unknown. Trauma settles in. Six to nine month waiting times become the norm for the possibility of permanent housing. The social and economic strain of millions of refugees hoping for Germany and the surrounding countries have left many discouraged and dissatisfied. Hope wanes as the idyllic “promised land” falls short of its promise.
“I might be sent back to Turkey or Syria. I just want a safe place to raise my children. I want them to laugh again. And go to school. I hope to work and be part of society. I want to help other people. I miss my home.” –A refugee father in a refugee center in Germany
“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you…and you will be a blessing….and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” –Genesis 12:1-3
Pray for wisdom for parents as they care for their children while they wait. Pray for opportunities for children to be educated. Pray that blessing will come through those of us who are part of this blessing.
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