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From the monthly archives: November 2008

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The Reality by CBF Field Personnel

"Do not oppress an alien; you yourselves know how it feels to be aliens, because you were aliens in Egypt." – Exodus 23:9 The reality of the world today is that every effort is made to divide and separate the peoples of the world. Governments and countries are most concerned about grasping hard to what is theirs and excluding all others. This is normal. The natural man, in the flesh, desires to do this. The spiritual man, in the Spirit, wants with all of his heart to emulate the Lord Jesus – loving all those around him, including them without bias, and responding to their spiritual and physical needs. Satan has used every means at his disposal to plant the seeds of hatred, racism, exclusion, and pride in our hearts. The politics of today are easily fit for his uses. These politics lead us to want to disparage and alienate the ones who are “different.” There must be an enemy and the authorities of today are always ready to provide one. Sadly, this reality and t ...

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Spirit by CBF Field Personnel

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.—Romans 5:5 I am convinced that the Lord Jesus was the most human and at the same time most divine creation of the Father. As a human being He experienced all of the emotions possible. Among those is a sense of humor. As I picture my Christ I see Him laughing with the best of them. Confident of who He was and whose He was He was able to completely express Himself. In the same way our refugee/migrant family often expresses itself. Sure of their faith and confident in their Lord that He is preparing a place for them, the refugees/migrants are able to be some of the most “real” people I have ever met. There is neither room nor time for pretense or for taking yourself too seriously. They are wonderful story tellers and many times we simply laugh together at the absurdity of this old world. In reality funny things happen on their journey. They love to tell ...

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Faith by CBF Personnel/Partner

  "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win." – 1 Cor. 9:24 Every day we are encouraged and inspired by the faith of the refugees/migrants. They have come through the fires of persecution and hardship on their journey and arrive in a place of persecution and hardship. The apostle Paul (Romans 2:7) tells us that those who persevere shall be saved. Truly our refugee/migrant family has and is persevering in the midst of some of the most intense suffering this world has to offer. Could I do what they have done and are doing? Could I finish the race? I don’t think so. They live their faith every day. Many of us express our faith on Sundays and perhaps, in the most difficult crises, look to the Lord. Our Sub-Saharan friends cling to Him and to their faith every instant of their lives. True, real faith is alive and vibrant. That is what we experience in our interviews. The faith of the refugees/migrants ...

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