Posted by biblicaeurope, 01 December 2015
According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), more than 750,000 migrants are estimated to have arrived in Europe in 2015 alone. Many claim asylum when they get here and according to the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) there have been a total of 681,713 total asylum applications in Europe. An article on www.bbc.co.uk/news explains that Germany continues to be the most popular destination for migrants along with the highest number of new asylum applications.
Since October of this year in seemed that every time I turned on the TV there were images or stories of the refugee’s trying their hardest to flee to safety or sadly ones who died trying. Problem is whilst we feel like we have been bombarded recently with these stories, the sad reality is it has been going on for years and years.
As a Christian I can’t just sit back and do nothing. When I first saw the image of that tiny little boy lying dead on a beach, my heart sank and I wept. I wept not just because I am a mother of a child of similar age, but I just can’t believe how bad it must have been for that family to have left their home knowing full well they may not make it and in the end arrive in a Country they know little about. As a Christian there is something I can do to help– surely? So I prayed for Syria.
Whilst I donated and prayed that God would protect these people as they travelled, I was captured by the expressions on their faces which screamed out a lack of hope…amongst other things. You see, I believe we can have hope in Jesus and I believe that as Christians we can take this opportunity to spread the Good News to these people. In 1 Peter 1:1–3 (NIV) it says:
”Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
I believe that God’s Word can bring hope and change lives. At Biblica we work alongside our partners that work across Europe on many projects trying to get the Bible into the hands of people that need it most. So for #GivingTuesdayUK we want to get Farsi & Arabic Bibles into the hands of the Syrian refugees in Europe. All you have to do is text BIBLE to 70080 and this will donate £2 to go towards getting a Bible to them.
If you feel like you don’t know what else to do, why not bring these people some hope, and pray that as you donate lives will be changed as they read about the hope that Jesus has for them.