A Picnic for Refugees
We know from Revelation 7 that there will be worshipers from every tribe, tongue, people, and language at the throne of Jesus. This includes people groups from deep within the Middle East.
God in His lovingkindness is working even now in the circumstances and hearts of Middle Easterners to allow them to hear the gospel.
Right now there continues to be a mass exodus of people from all over the Middle East to countries in Eastern Europe where refugees hope to find safety, a new life, and a better future. In reality, circumstances for refugees are typically not great. They lack food, clean water, shelter, and other basic human needs. But more than that, what these refugees lack the most is in the area of their spiritual need—salvation from their sin and shame.
God is working even in these dire circumstances to bring these people from Middle Eastern countries to a new location where there are believers who care enough to minister to their physical and spiritual needs.
A Church Plans a Picnic
Currently, many of the refugees passing through the refugee corridor in Bosnia are living in parks. That’s adults, kids, and teenagers alike, all from the Middle East and all in need of so much help. By God’s grace, a church in Bosnia has made it their aim to reach these hurting people. They’ve been collecting sleeping bags and pillows to distribute. They're gathering food and offering meals to the hungry refugees. They even do special events like planning a picnic in the park.
More than 100 refugees attended the picnic and it presented opportunities to lovingly care for them. It also piqued the curiosity of many people! “Who are you and why are you doing this?” Through their conversations, they were able to share about Jesus’ payment for sin for all who believe.
How to Pray
Join us in praising God for how He is orchestrating conversations about the gospel among people who may never have heard the good news in their home countries. Pray that God uses this mass “exodus” to save refugees from many different people groups throughout the Middle East. After all, we know from the Old Testament how God is able to use a mass Exodus for His incredible plan and glory! We know He can do it again.
"For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come." (Hebrews 13:14)