Lessons from Refugees: Real life
Naser is a refugee twice removed. First, due to the genocide in Darfur, he fled to South Sudan. Incidentally, while in South Sudan he heard of Jesus and his life changed forever. Then as South Sudan broke into war, he had to flee and seek refuge in Uganda.
He has been in prison numerous times because of the boldness of his faith and his willingness to tell Muslims of his new found freedom in Christ. His scar-covered body demonstrates how much he believes that the Gospel is true.
Though he has passed through many trials and persecution for the name of Christ the thing that strikes you about him when you meet is his smile. As he and his wife Iman have just had their first child, this is a life changing event.
Two former Muslims who were brought up learning of Mohammed and memorizing the Koran are now raising their child to know the story of Jesus and his redemption of humanity. They have taught me and they will teach their son that real life is found only in Christ.
It is easy to say that, but as you watch them live their life like that, you see that for them it is 100% true with no reservations. It challenges you to re-evaluate your own life and what your actions demonstrate about what you believe. I will unequivocally say I want to live more like Naser and Iman, they have taught me a lot about how to follow Jesus.
In my time working with refugees, I have learned a lot. It is not what I thought it would be. These are real people living inspiring lives. I expected it to be about meeting needs and helping people; I wasn’t prepared to be inspired by them every time I went to the camps.
The believers who are living in these very humble settings are genuinely focused on the eternal things, the things above. They are planting churches, helping others & sharing their faith. They are expanding His kingdom in the refugee camps. I feel privileged to work alongside them.
When the war broke out in 2013, we were deeply saddened by the human suffering that followed. But I have seen God's sovereignty and provision as he has brought these refugees (many from people groups who have never heard of Christ) to a safe place, with access to people who love them and will help physically, emotionally and spiritually.
As a missionary, it is a dream come true! It is an Unprecedented opportunity as just one hour from my home God has delivered 1.4 million people with whom I can share the love of Christ, and they are ready to listen.
Who has God placed in your path? Are you living real life like Naser & Iman or just going through your days unaware of the opportunities he has set at your door?