World Refugee Day

“Real People, Real Needs”

June 20th is World Refugee day. 

“For years, many countries and regions have been holding their own Refugee Days and even Weeks. One of the most widespread is Africa Refugee Day, which is celebrated on 20 June in several countries. As an expression of solidarity with Africa, which hosts the most refugees, and which traditionally has shown them great generosity, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 55/76 on 4 December 2000. In this resolution, the General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June. The Assembly therefore decided that, from 2001, 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. ” – UN official site

I have such a deep love for Africa and want to return desperately.  Until I can be there again, there are other ways for me to come alongside the refugees of Africa and many other countries.  Acknowledging and sharing this day is one more way for you and me to do this.

There are approximately 42 million refugees around the world.  Every day is a battle for survival.  These people, our people, are met with overwhelming challenges.  The things we have come to expect, essentials, are the very needs they are struggling to meet – clean water, food, sanitation, shelter, health care and protection from violence and abuse.

This is so wrong.  How do we allow our world to be a place where people are oppressed and subjected to such suffering?  I know I am not doing enough, not even nearly, to intercede in the name of the Lord.  Are you?

Don’t let them be forgotten.

Take time June 20th, at the very least for one day, to set aside time to pray and intercede on behalf of these people.

Use your voice to remind others how much we have left to do in order to bring restoration and justice.

These men, women, and, children are God’s creation.  Let our actions be an earthly example of how deeply he adores and cares for them.

I will be at the wedding of Katie Lindgren and Ben Wiggins this Saturday (yay!) so I won’t have the opportunity to enjoy this event but you should stop by Fashion Square Mall and celebrate World Refugee Day.

Saturday, June 19  From 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

West Food Court near Panera

There will be performances from talented people from Venezuela (I can’t believe i’m going to miss that, uggh!), Columbia, Sudan and the Congo!

Concludes with a citizenship ceremony!

The event is free and all are welcome!

(In partnership with the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (FCAHT))

Check out the UN website, or FCAHT’s site to learn more about how you can fight the spread of injustice.

affect change!

Psalm 33:5
The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

Psalm 140:12
I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.

Psalm 106:3
Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.

Micah 6:8
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To do justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.