This is a moment in history.
The world is facing the worst refugee crisis since WWII.
You woke up this morning and you heard the news that Francis is asking every single community across Europe to open their doors to one fleeing refugee family — “to express the concreteness of the Gospel and welcome a family of refugees...”
You’ve looked into the wide-eyes terror of those families in this river of refugees streaming out our worst nightmare, you’ve heard that more than 11 million Syrian refugees alone are fleeing their homelands, motivated not by economic improvement for their families — but motivated by trying to save their very lives — to dodge any bullets because of war & the incomprehensible destruction that is ISIS.
You’ve seen the heart-stopping photographs. And you know that the Love of God, for such a time as now, will not be stopped.
You read the love letter to Aylan, the little drowned boy, and you know it in the haunted marrow of your bones that you witnessed the agony of those photos for a reason.
“I just hope that this photo of my son changes everything.
We want the whole world to see this — so that they can prevent the same from happening to others.”
That’s why you saw Aylan’s photo — so you could be part of it never happening again.
You’re profoundly moved by this historic crisis — and you are moved to Kingdom action.
You and your people want to do something. Like with your hands. You have folded them in prayer — and now you want to become an answer to that prayer.
We gave you 5 Ways for You to Stand up & be the Church in the World’s Worst Refugee Crisis since WWII — you overwhelmingly responded — and said you wanted to do more.
You wanted to do something with all your people, your community, your church — you wanted to gather together and Welcome Refugees — because “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for Me.“
And we’ve made a place for you and all your collective voices:
1. Your people, your church, wants to partner with a church in Europe who is receiving refugees?
2. Your people, your church, wants to sponsor a refugee family? Say Yes
3. Want to use your voices to ask governments to welcome fleeing families? Say Yes
4. Want to welcome a refugee family & help them get settled in a community? Say Yes
5. Want to help with rescue efforts or send packages or support communities where refugees are coming ashore? Say Yes
6. Want to be prayer shields, and be updated on how to most effectively pray for the unfolding crisis?
Gather Your Community & Go Say Yes at WeWelcomeRefugees.com
Then, make your welcome known:
Share a picture of you and your people, your family, your church, with your welcome sign on Instagram or Twitter, hashtag it #WeWelcomeRefugees — use your voice to invite all your people to wewelcomerefugees.com — and actually get to live it.
Now, NOW, is the time for the Church to be the Church. We cannot, cannot, afford to miss this opportunity — and miss Him.
In the past, the Church may have been defined by what the Church is against, but, in this defining moment in history, may the Church be clearly defined by what it is for.
And the Church has always been for the stranger, the sojourner, and for being like the welcoming arms of the Savior.
How can we not move heaven and earth to let the broken in —
when heaven moved and came to earth to let us in?
In our time, in this moment of history, you can get to be the hands of Jesus and have a part in the redemptive story that He wants to write through you and your people, your church, for such a time as now.
So we can turn to our grandkids — and say:
“It was unfolding on our watch — and God Himself moved… through our willing yes.”
He will turn & say: “I was a stranger and you welcomed Me in.”
and we will nod & say: “Yes, yes we did — we welcomed the refugees in.”
Have any questions? Or you’re currently very involved in refugee ministry and you want to connect and be a partner with WeWelcomeRefugees.com?
Contact us right here: firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Ways for the Church to Stand Up & Be The Church in the World’s Worst Refugee Crisis Since WWII
Dear Aylan … dear world with a refugee crisis, dear all of us who have needed to be welcomed in