Taking Teenage Refugees to McDonald's
Zijah and Lorena (the leaders of the Caring for Refugees project) are persistent in their care and ministry for refugees in the refugee corridor in Bosnia. And they have come up with some creative and exciting ways (like McDonald's) to best reach these precious people.
To Supplement the Humanitarian Aid with McDonald's
On one of Zijah's recent trips to the refugee corridor, he encountered 1,500 people sleeping in a storage building. Thankfully, two humanitarian organizations are able to step in and provide some meals for the people. But they are small meals, and hungry teenagers would never turn down an opportunity for more food!
So Zijah and Lorena took a group of teenage Christian volunteers from their church who would be able to easily relate with the teenage refugees. Then the group took the teenage refugees out to lunch at McDonald's where they all had a chance to share a meal together. This was definitely an eye-opening experience for the teens from Zijah and Lorena's church! They learned some hard things about what is going on in the refugee corridor.
Giving Everything They Had
The missions team learned about sicknesses the refugees are facing and more about their current living conditions. It so impacted the team that later they all gave away most of their clothes and shoes to the refugees. They decided they would stay in touch with the group in the future with the hope of continuing to give them aid and share the gospel with them.
Zijah and Lorena also hope that they are able to create a partnership with an apple orchard to organize a transport of apples to the corridor. Let's pray God would move in this way!
Getting More Churches on Board
Zijah and Lorena's church is one of the only solid churches in the city where it's located. But, in the cities closer to the refugee corridor, there are many evangelical churches. One prayer request for the Caring for Refugees project is that God would move in the hearts of people in other churches to help and share the gospel with the refugees in their area.
We know the efforts of Zijah and Lorena's church are helping. One of the refugees said to one of the team members as he was leaving, "Thank you for your gift, but especially thank you for your smile and hug."