“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:6-7
Amman, Jordan. Five hundred thousand refugees in one camp. Don and I looked out the bus window to our right, viewing an ocean of earth-colored tents stretching as far as our eyes could see. I believe that was the same camp Pastor Val showed us this weekend as she spoke of her recent visit to Jordan.
She told us of the two biggest camps–one filled with Christians fleeing ISIS, the other with Muslims escaping ISIS–Muslim on Muslim violence. Val met some of the Christians and pastors in the camps. Most have fled their countries with only the clothing on their backs. Children band together when they have lost their parents. The needs are tremendous.
Valerie was there to investigate ways in which we at Twin Lakes Church can help. Jordan’s resources are being sorely taxed with their open borders allowing those fleeing persecution to enter.
I loved hearing Val’s challenge and appreciate her heart for how Jesus wants us to help. “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” (I Thess 5:15 NIV)
If God cares so much for the sparrow, who is here today and gone tomorrow, how much more does He care for these displaced persons. I look forward to hearing more as we learn how we can participate in His love for these refugees.
Father, thank you that you care for the displaced and terrorized refugees in Jordan, as well as in other parts of the world. Help me not to hide from the agony of their stories, but to eagerly watch for and participate in ways to help. I do feel overwhelmed at times … what can my little piece do to help? But you multiplied five loaves and two fishes to feed five thousand; and you can do that with our offerings as well. Guide us as we seek your wisdom to help these traumatized peoples.