There are 59.5 million forcibly displaced people in our world at the moment (www.unhcr.org.uk). That’s enough to fill Wembley stadium 666 times…. Hmmm, maybe the mark of the beast is really a combination of the worship of football and the world’s ability to make it impossible for people to live in their homes?
Don’t quote me on that!
Last year over 1 million refugees, fleeing warzones and persecution in the middle east, made their way into Europe. And this year many more are expected to come. I was told this morning that Germany is expecting half a million each year for the next five years.
That is a huge amount of people to absorb, welcome and mix with. And that’s before the very real impact of the cultural differences hit.
Nobody really knows how to respond.
Nobody really knows the shape of Europe to come.
Today let’s think about the God who “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph 3:20)
And ask for his ideas on how we can respond.