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In Days 21-30

Jesus was a refugee. His parents fled with Him from a despotic ruler who was out to destroy Him.

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” – Matthew 2:13-15

What was life like for this displaced family in Egypt, a foreign and unfamiliar land? Were they welcomed and protected, or were they treated with disdain and hostility?

My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. – 2 Samuel 22:3

Pray that those who have been displaced by violence would encounter the God who is their Refuge and their Savior. May many call upon the name of Jesus as they find themselves in places bereft of security and comfort. Ask God to comfort them as they grieve the people and the lives they have left behind and lost.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. – Matthew 25:35-36

Ask God to send more laborers who will courageously follow Jesus to love refugees and displaced peoples. Pray that He would equip workers with the faith, boldness, and resources needed to minister to those in need of assistance.

Eighty-five percent of the refugees in the world are Muslims, and many of them are fleeing from other Muslims. From far way, all Muslims look the same. But when you live among them, you realize that they have deep resentment toward other Muslims who come from different tribes or believe differently about Islam. This vein of prejudice runs so deep, that it drives Muslims to expel other Muslims from their homes and country.

Read more about Muslim refugees in The 85 Percent.

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