Author: Our Missionary Team* Among the Nune People
Headline after headline reveals the tragic reality of so many men, women, and children fleeing their homeland in order to survive the ravishes of war. Seeing the pictures stream across the television screen of children and babies washing ashore is nothing short of heartbreaking and almost seems unfathomable. However, this is a parent’s reality. This is the nightmare that so many Syrian refugees are experiencing.
Our hearts have been burdened by this reality. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus says: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me”(ESV).
Could God be bringing people from places where missionaries are not permitted access in order to spread Jesus’ message of hope and redemption? Is God allowing us to serve and share the truth that he can be their “constant” in times of trouble . . . their Living Water . . . their Bread of Life? Could these be underlying blessings . . . unforeseen opportunities? If so, we don’t want to miss it!
While we don’t know the mind of God, we can assess from history where powerful, life-changing movements occurred through similar events and tragedies. We believe this could be one of those times. We now have access to people we didn’t have before, and we have opportunities to engage with them!
We are excited to share that we are in the initial stages of beginning a partnership with others in establishing a ministry to refugees. We remain very focused on reaching the Fotizo people, yet now we are seeking small avenues of ministry with refugees. We are also praying that more workers would join us in the journey.
Many of the refugees that arrive here are not moving on, and they need to assimilate into life among the Nune people. Our goal is to focus beyond relief and more on development skills such as language, community, and life practices in order to help them move forward with dignity and tools for providing for themselves.
Beyond relief and development, we also will focus on ways to evangelize, disciple, and see churches started among the refugees. Pray for our ministry team as we reach out to the refugees with the hope and life that Jesus offers them.