"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 reaches deep into our souls–strengthening and moving us to be stronger in our own. Bright, a young man who lost both his legs in a train accident, asked me to pray for him one day. After I prayed he knelt on the floor on the stumps of his knees, pulled me down with him, and prayed the most incredible prayer for ME. Praise God! May the Lord continue to fill His people of Africa with great faith.