The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) encourages Christians and churches around the world to remember and pray for refugees and forcibly displaced people on World Refugee Sunday, designated this year to fall on June 15 and 22. The WEA and the Refugee Highway Partnership (RHP) have prepared useful resources for local churches to participate with their congregations and raise awareness of the refugee situation globally and within their local contexts.
War, violence and persecution have forced over 45 million people in our world today to flee from their homes. The majority of them are women and children who are among the world’s most vulnerable people. World Refugee Sunday gives Christians an opportunity to learn about the realities and needs of refugees, to pray for them, and to consider how they can practically engage with refugees in their own communities.
“God has given us a mandate to love the alien as we love ourselves (Leviticus 19:34),” says Tom Albinson, WEA Ambassador for Refugees and Displaced People. “The world around us is hoping that we will live up to our calling so that those who have been uprooted find a safe place in which they can find community, healing and hope.”