June 20 is World Refugee Day, highlighting the plight of millions of refugees around the world. Global Advance's partners on the front lines often find themselves in the midst of crisis areas, either by circumstance or by intent. Today got me thinking about some of these hot spots and the impact of loving vulnerable people for Jesus' sake.
Hundred's of thousands of people have been displaced by unchecked military aggression against minorities. Refugees have fled to Bangladesh to the west and Thailand to the east. Global Advance has partners on the ground meeting the physical and spiritual needs of refugees.
North Koreans on work visas in nearby countries are constrained in brutal living and working conditions, watched over by North Korean military guards. In their own country North Koreans - and especially Christians - live like refugees under a broken economic system and tyrannical government. Bringing them food, Bibles, and the love of Christ, Global Advance's partners risk beatings and imprisonment for sharing their faith with compassion.
Syrians have come close to embodying the term "refugee" through years of intense media coverage of the millions fleeing the Syrian conflict. Reaching Muslims with the gospel and strengthening the faith of Syrian Christians, our partners have been working on the edge of, and even in the midst of, the war zone to bring hope to the hurting.
From it's establishment as an independent nation several years ago, South Sudan has wrestled with civil war and famine. Terrorized by years of guerrilla warfare tactics, people are afraid to go to their fields to farm. The recent harvest time brought the lowest crop ever for the young nation. With millions at risk of starvation, our partners are reaching the most marginalized with food, education, and the gospel.
Incredible tragedies persist in Yemen, North Africa, and South America as well. Continue to pray with us for opportunities to share the glorious gospel with those in need, and for the chance to extend care through the loving hands of local Christian leaders.