You’ve seen the images.
You’ve seen the words “refugee” and “Syria” and “Asylum Seekers”
And you’ve probably noticed Germany in the spotlight with a big “Welcome” banner.
Some of you have been emailing and enquiring about the situation, so we thought we’d take a moment to address some of the situation, as little as we know of it.
As you’ve likely seen, these past weeks have seen an incredible amount of refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, and also quite a few from Africa and parts of Eastern Europe. Just in August, it is reported that Germany registered 100,000 refugees, and has committed to taking 800,000 more.
This is incredible.
It seems that many Germans are welcoming the refugees, though there are pockets (as always) of resisters, who use violence to communicate their disagreement with the German Chancellor. In our part of Germany, we have seen very little in the way of our every day lives. We live in a very small village, far from the major cities of Germany, and far enough from the border of Austria.
Yet our local refugee centers are suddenly feeling the weight of it. I (Marcy) was just asked today if I could help again in the Swiss camp just over the border because the influx has been extreme and so much help is needed. I will help in a children’s program on Monday morning (pray for me!) We also have a new refugee center about fifteen minutes from here in a nearby town.
In addition, our sending mission, TeachBeyond, has partnered with BFA and the mayor of Marzell (another local town) to turn one of our former dorms into a home for refugees. The beauty of this is the excitement of the mayor and the townspeople to do this. We are excited about ways we can become involved, be it donating goods, giving of our time, playing with kids, or making room for others in our community to go.
We hosted our Community Impact Group tonight and many in the group wanted to talk about the refugee situation. We had friends from South Africa, America, Germany, and Canada represented. Our discussion covered everything from the fear and conflict we might feel over such an increase of mainly Muslim refugees and the ways it may change the country we’ve loved, to our call as Christians to care for those in need.
The gift we have in Christ is a vision that supersedes the immediate, right? He gives us global eyes. As we step back from our own fears, concerns, excitement, we see and hear the stories of many who’ve been serving in the Middle East and the ways God has been giving visions and dreams to many Muslims, revealing himself as the true God. It’s difficult to be a missionary in these parts of the world, now more than ever.
So, God is bringing them to us.
Literally, the nations are coming to our doorsteps here in Germany.
What an opportunity we have! To allow God’s love to cast out all fear. To offer His comfort and healing to these devastated, desperate people. To give materially, emotionally, and spiritually. So many are disoriented, confused, angry, and hurting.
And they’re about to be our neighbors.
Please join us in praying for Germany and the rest of Europe as they try to make room for these asylum seekers. Pray for a revival among these broken hearts. Pray for peace. And pray for our community, both the English-speaking and the German, as we reach out together to do what we can.
Also, we’ve just recently lost $50/month and are short much more than that. Can you fill that gap? It means the world of a difference to us. We’ve all (the local English-speaking missionaries) just learned that the money we received each month from the German government for our children ended in August. We saved this to pay our tax bills.
Can you make up the $50/month we just lost? Or can you increase your support by $5, $10, $50? If not, can you spread the word? We’d love to continue our work here.
We are so grateful for you all! We will do our best to keep you posted on the refugee situation here as we experience it. You can follow along here or on our Facebook Page.