After assessing a pile of Christmas cards, I made this. I find myself imagining how different the world would be if these words marked our lives. From what the prophet wrote, it is in everybody’s best interest to look out for the needs of those who are most vulnerable.
Photo: The Kakuma Interdenominational School of Mission (KISOM) building project today
Nicholas Gagai, a Kenyan serving full time with our refugee partner in Kakuma refugee camp, sent me the above photo last week via Facebook. It is encouraging to see the KISOM building rising out of the semi desert at long last. Everything looks on schedule to complete this phase of building before the end of the year.
Nicholas serves as the director of KISOM. IAFR has been helping him and the school strengthen their curriculum when it comes to theology and trauma care. Wheaton College and it’s Humanitarian Disaster Institute have been partnering with IAFR to assist KISOM.
IAFR is putting a lot of time, resources and energy into this part of our work in Kakuma as we believe KISOM plays a critical role in equipping refugee pastors and church leaders. We are thankful to our financial partners who have made it possible!
Photo: the KISOM building project during my visit in 10/2018
I keep in touch with a few of my friends in refugee camps through WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
One of them reached out to me asking for prayer as she is very sick. She sent me this photo of her laying on the floor of her shelter with her husband reading the Koran over her. She wrote:
“I am so sick and weak. I am praying to Allah so that I can get healthy again.”
We have met many times and she has blessed me with hospitality and honest conversations. She often requests prayer and welcomes my offers to pray for her in Jesus’ name.
I have often told her how the Bible reveals to us that God is near and not far away – and that he sees and hears and cares deeply for us.
I count it a privilege to pray for her and ask that you would join with me. Let’s pray that God would graciously heal her body and restore her strength. Let’s also pray that God would reveal to her the depth and breadth of his love for her. In Jesus’ name.
When they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped. -Exodus 4:31 (NLT)
This truth is at the heart of the gospel – the life-giving good news from God. This truth transformed an oppressed and enslaved people thousands of years ago. I lean on this truth every day as I serve people on the refugee highway. God sees, God hears and God cares.
A few years ago a young lawyer was serving as director of social media with IAFR. Although he does not identify himself as a Christian, he was eager to help us and our mission.
We were having lunch together one day when he asked why I am not completely burned out. I told him it is because God is alive and well – active and engaged in the lives of forcibly displaced people.
I’ll never forget his reply. “Believing that would change everything.”