Lovefast 5: Refuge & restoration

Lovefast prayer and action campaign from the Mahabba Network

Day 5 of 30

By Georgina from Mahabba's Network Team

Inspired by today's entry in the 30 Days of Prayer booklet, but with a UK twist!

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Daily verse

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God...
— Isaiah 43:1-3

Thought for the day

Refugees: finding refuge and restoration

My Arabic teacher is a refugee from Syria who managed to flee with her 3 children to a refugee camp while her husband made his way to the UK across the Mediterranean.

They were reconnected 2 years later in an English city after a lengthy asylum seeking process.

Their children have adapted to school and social life, and the family tries their hand at anything to earn an income.

Mobile phones connect them to family and friends back home, sharing snippets of good and bad news.

She has lost all her worldly possessions but most of all, my teacher feels the loss of social networks and connections - people who would have helped her to find work and connect her children to marriage partners as they grew up.

She once exclaimed that she has lost all honour and the only thing that might restore it is if her children excel at school.

Prayer for the day

Lord, give us awareness of the pressures refugee children face to restore their families' honour. May those who have found safety with us also find refuge and restoration in the God in whose sight they are precious and honoured as Isaiah 43 promises.

Daily action

Sing together with Casting Crowns for Jesus to break our hearts for what breaks His

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