Lovefast 24: Reality

Image: Jan Tinneberg, Unsplash

Image: Jan Tinneberg, Unsplash

Lovefast 24: Reality

By Phil from Mahabba Woking
Inspired by 'Uzbeks in Tajikistan' from 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World booklet

 

Daily verse

The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
— Leviticus 19:34, NIVUK
 

Thought for the day

Reality

Today in #30dop we are thinking about parents working abroad to support their families (from Tajikistan).

Some people view migrant workers as somehow stealing our lifestyle and wanting to benefit from our system.

But the reality is economies need migrant workers.

Jonathan Simpson, a British photographer, visited Singapore and met migrant workers from Bangladesh.

He took messages from them to their families back home and recorded their response and messages back to the migrant workers.

You can read more here.

He produced a short film, ‘I am fine’, describing the emotions of two families whose sons had become economic migrants in order to support their families.

It helps us to understand some of the personal cost of migration.

So, instead of reacting, let us respond to the people and treat them with respect.

In Scripture, we are told to treat the stranger in our land as a native, for we were all strangers once.

 

Today's entry in 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World booklet

Inspiration for today's entry - click to open

 

Prayer for the day

Pray for migrant workers - who are struggling to support their wider families. Pray about their isolation and exploitation.

 

Daily action

Simply greet people you meet and find out more of their story. Maybe in your local supermarket or coffee shop or health workers in our hospitals. If you get the chance to befriend a migrant worker, maybe you can help them fill in a bewildering form or write a letter home.

 

Your turn

Let us know how it went! Leave a comment below, or tag us on social media with #lovefast or #30dop hashtags on social media. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter!