09 May Remnants

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What is left behind tells the story just as poignantly as where the action currently is. The impact of refugees moving in Europe has already been dramatically felt. Echoes of their stories are left in buildings, in fields, on beaches. As Christians, what trail of hope or despair are we leaving behind in the midst of this crisis?

“Refugees leave behind a trail of discarded items and trash in their attempts to keep moving, but then stories like this happen: Recently Two people from Syria came and one said, ‘I want to apologize in the name of my people for all the trouble we are giving you,’ and they cleaned all the garbage refugees had left outside the camp. People who have extra water are coming to the water point to give back the water so we can give it to others. I saw one old couple, very tired, coming the way from the border and I passed a sandwich to the man. As I saw him so tired, I gave him another one and he started to cry and kiss my shoulders. I hugged him and he could not stop crying.” -Mitko, a local volunteer in Gevgelija, Macedonia

“…He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.”
~Isaiah 61:3



Pray for hearts to be transformed as the ripples of this refugee crisis continues to impact millions in the coming months and years. Thank God for the ways He is moving in the both the chaos and the quiet moments. Ask to have eyes to see and ears to hear what is happening–and then ask God for opportunities to respond.



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