Thursday, June 20 is World Refugee Day. As believers, we know God has a special place in his heart for the defenseless, and that is worth honoring on such a day. We also know that we are the hands and feet of our Lord. That can be a daunting task when the problem seems so big. So here are six ways you and your family can make a difference on World Refugee Day.
Learn more about the current crises
One of the best things you can do when it comes to understanding the atrocities occurring in the world around us is to become well-informed. Which allows you to form solid opinions and know what to do as problems progress. Here are three articles we recommend for reading in-depth about the newest and fasted growing refugee crisis: click here, and here, and here.
Rohingya refugee children in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh make funny faces at the camera.
Read and share refugee stories
After learning about the crisis at large, it’s important to become familiar with the people who experience it first hand, which helps us humanize issues that don’t seem personal to us. Read about Abdur, a father who left Myanmar with his children to save their lives. Read about Yasmin, a young woman who dreamt of being a teacher before being displaced. Read about Yussef, who moved his family from Syria to Lebanon after a bomb destroyed a school in their neighborhood.
Haya’s family came over the mountains to Lebanon after someone in their community in Syria was beheaded.
Write to refugees with words of encouragement
Refugees often experience a sense of hopelessness as they wait on answers. When will they be able to return home? Will they be able to return home at all? Will their children be safe? Your words can provide a breadth of encouragement. Through Care, you can send a message of hope to refugees around the world. Click here to submit a letter now.
Refugees from South Sudan have resettled in Northern Uganda.
Speak up for refugees
It’s important that we use our voices for the causes we care about. If you want the United States to continue or increase their efforts to help refugees, write your representative. If you don’t know how to do that, follow this link and find your representative. Then use her/his website to submit an email or to find a number you can call.
Farrah is a wife and mother. She and her children left Syria after their home was bombed three times, killing her husband.
Pray for them
We know prayer is powerful. Spend some dedicated time in prayer, asking the Lord to move on behalf of refugees. I like to pray Deuteronomy 10:18, which says “He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.”
Donate to work in refugee camps
Organizations on the ground need help with funds in their response to refugee crises. Food for the Hungry is one of those organizations. Please prayerfully consider giving today. Click here to give to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Or click here to give to the Syrian refugee crisis. Or to donate to the general refugee fund, please click here.