Wednesday, April 19, 2006

eyes to see

last night sherry, isaac and i went to the apartment of some recently arrived refugees from north africa (ethiopia via egypt). they fed us a beautiful meal and we heard some of their stories. it is always an immensely humbling experience to be so generously hosted by people who have lost everything (most times this includes family and friends). we sat on the floor and drank some of the best coffee i have tasted (from ethiopia). incense gently wafted over us while we talked about their orthodox easter celebrations coming up. as a student of missiology i found it fascinating to sit and listen to christians who practice a branch of our faith that has its roots go all the way back to first century africa. so many of our refugee friends from africa practice an incarnation of the faith that came to them via colonization much later. it gave me another occasion to reflect on the fact that sherry's day-to-day work with refugees and my occasional involvement has been the most remarkable source of nourishment for our lives - it has given us eyes to see our own faithfulness and suffering (or lack thereof) in a broader context.

see this link for a report on the current global refugee situation.
and here are some pictures of people recently arriving in Chad having fled from the Congo.

3 comments:

jkoch said...

thanks for sharing this stuff, geoff. i often don't know where to look to become educated on what is happening with refugees around the world. i'm glad for my friendship with you and sherry and for what i'm learning. hopefully i'm becoming a bit less ignorant.

kaytee said...

Thanks for sharing, I have been really trying to have eyes to see and also praying about the right way to share what the Lord has been revealing in my heart about the condition of our world. I believe there is a call going out in America for Christians to literaly wake up. Christians in America are mostly on the verge of getting spit out for being so luke warm, and it is very encouraging to find sites and blogs like this where everyone seems to really have a grasp on what is going on in todays world. If you want you can check our family out at www.dreadsforJesus.org Peace

billy said...

Geoff,

Your work together as a family has also been a source of immense nourishment and inspiration for the rest of us. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to you....Walk on.........