Away from home
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:1-2
For displaced people who have lost their homes, they must rely on God as a source of safety and refuge. When we see our brothers and sisters in need, we should take notice, and we should “not neglect to do good and share what we have,” as is written in Hebrews 13:16.
We should think of the thousands of Venezuelens who are leaving their homes and families in search of resources to help their loved ones to survive. Sadly, as a consequence, they’re becoming vulnerable to mistreatment and even sexual abuse.
In Colombia, Venezuelans arrive tired and hungry – there’s nothing to eat or drink in the places they stay, and no electricity. Tearfund’s church partners are there, providing food, healthcare and psychological support. Local churches are also taking care of children, finding them places in schools or daycare and providing safe spaces for play.
“We thank God because the sadness we had inside is no longer that big,” says Maria, a Venezuelan refugee staying in the ‘Los Angeles’ area of Barranquilla city. “We know God is with us, that his light has accompanied us. Here is a church with a big heart that is helping us even though we’re strangers to them.”
We ask you to bring a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Venezuela. For the thousands who have fled to get help – would you keep them safe, healthy and hopeful. And for the friends and family they’ve had to leave behind, may they also have your protection and provision.
Let there be a quick and peaceful solution to the political conflict, without military intervention. And may Tearfund’s partners continue to be able to support Venezuelans in Colombia.
In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
In solidarity with those who have lost access to the basic comforts of home and the peace that home can bring we will stay away from our homes for 12 hours today. After work or school find somewhere else to go until 12 hours have passed from the last time you were in your house.