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Jun19FriJune 19, 2020 by the TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
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Don’t close your eyes, but as you read, imagine you have moved far away from everyone and everything you know. Imagine that in this new place there are new customs and social expectations. Imagine that you can’t understand what people are saying and that they can’t understand you. Imagine the loneliness and the struggle to build a new life.
This is the experience of immigrants and refugees across Canada. For even English-speaking newcomers, words, customs and social expectations are unknown. For those who don’t speak one of our two official languages, this struggle is multiplied. Add to that the experiences which cause refugees to flee their homes, and there is nothing easy about making a life in a new country and healing from the past.
In God’s Word, we learn of his heart for immigrants and refugees:
“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.” Deuteronomy 10:18
“The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.” Psalm 146:9
He cares and provides for them. And because he cares, so should we. As Christians, we should care about what God cares about. When we love God, we begin to love what he loves. Consequently, our attitude towards newcomers should be one of care, concern and love. While God’s Word commands us time and time again to love the foreigners around us (Exodus 23:9, Deuteronomy 24:17, Jeremiah 22:3), our actions should not just be out of obedience to God’s commands but out of genuine love for them.
As you meet the newcomers in your community, what are some ways you can share God’s love with them? We all have a desire to be accepted and loved. Though the situation may feel more complicated, showing love to the immigrants and refugees in our neighbourhood looks just like showing love to anyone new who moves onto our street. We welcome them with a smile and get to know them. We strive to show Christ’s love in every interaction.
Imagine that you have moved to a new country and everything feels new and scary. How would you feel if someone took the time to get to know you and to help you find your way in this new place? Let us reflect God’s heart for immigrants and refugees in our interactions with our new neighbours.