BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (compiled by TAB) — In preparation for World Refugee Day on June 20, Christians are being encouraged to reach out and make connections with the displaced peoples in their communities, states and throughout the world.
The United Nations refugee agency, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), reports that nearly 60 million people worldwide have fled their homes because of violence from political unrest and persecution, and 69,000 of those are in the U.S. Many of the refugees are planting churches, bringing their home culture and Christ under one roof.
Ralph Garay, senior consultant for church planting for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, said, “[The church] meets spiritual, social and emotional needs of these people groups. … As a result, (refugee) families are coming to know the Lord.”
To learn more about UNHCR, visit www.unhcr.org.
To see how you can aid refugees around the world, visit gobgr.org.