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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.
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