It’s not secret that the refugee crisis is a huge topic in our world. And I’m not here to try to swing anyone one way or another. But its hard to deny the fact that God is moving people toward the gospel around the world, and I’ve come to believe that this is at least part of the purpose He has to be for my travels around the Middle East and Europe.
While the rest of the Lebanon Team headed home to Boise, Joan and I headed to France to capture what God is doing among one of our missionaries.Today as I wandered around France with Rob, who is a missionary here in Nantes and refugees seemed to be the main topic of our conversation. Many refugees have come here to France seeking a new life. So many have come, that France doesn’t know what to do with them all. Many refugees have taken up housing in abandoned buildings called squats. Although some have gotten legal status here in France, many are still finding it hard to get papers. On our way, Rob and I made a quick stop at the store to buy some fresh chicken and veggies for some of the refugees Rob has developed relationships with. Many have come to Rob’s free French class to learn the French language and culture. As we entered the ratty 3 story building and walked up to an apartment where the space was small and run down and filled with 10 young guys from Sudan. As we sat down together, eating the fresh fruit and juice they offered us, I felt right at home. Home in Africa that is. We laughed and shared stories together and after about 45 minutes Rob and I went on our way. Rob continues to have spiritual conversations with these refugees, many who come from a muslim background. In countries like Sudan, where it’s hard for American missionaries to get in and be able to share the love of Jesus with them, what if God is bringing them to the missionaries? God’s desire is that all nations come to the knowledge of him, (1 Tim 2:4) The means to which the message is carried out is up to Him. So who is your neighbor? Who has God brought along your path and into your culture so that they can know the God you know?