"They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." –Revelation 7:16-17
One of the greatest challenges we face in our ministry is to offer hope to the hopeless. The Sub-Saharan refugees/migrants in North Africa have suffered incredibly on their journey and arrive in a place where they are not wanted and often mistreated. They cannot go forward into Europe because of the barriers before them and they cannot go back (through the Saharan desert where 1/3 of them have died coming). They cannot work to support themselves and their families. They are without hope. Where can they turn? Every day we listen to and respond to the tragedies of our brothers and sisters from Africa. They show us their wounds, express their frustrations and fears, weep from the depths of their hearts, and reach out for hope;
We have the privilege of sharing the love of Christ with them. It is in His love that they can find peace and hope. The Lord is there with His arms open wide saying “come to me”–ready to embrace them and hold them close. As the thief turned to Jesus and found salvation so can the refugees/migrants turn to Him and find hope. The Bible tells us in the book of Revelation 7:16 that in heaven there will be no more hunger, thirst, and no more tears. May the Lord Himself reach down to North Africa and wipe the tears of our brothers and sisters–refugees/migrants.