In this series of snapshots we bring you brief insights into the challenges refugees face around the world and the transforming experiences some of them have had encountering Jesus. See glimpses from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Athens, Malawi, and Austria.
“It’s cold outside and the shelters are full. We’re sleeping at the train station, “ said one of our refugee friends from Afghanistan. Thanks to money raised through the Empty Plate Campaign, we had the opportunity to distribute 80 winter relief bags filled with things like personal hygiene items, socks, gloves, hats, and long underwear. We also distributed coats, shoes, and sleeping bags to the refugees sleeping outside.
One of the men who received a coat put it on as soon as he got it and would not take it off. A little boy from Afghanistan was so excited about his new toothbrush that he immediately ran to the bathroom to try it. His father later said that that was the first time his little boy had smiled in over a month. Our leader in Rome sometimes see the guys around town in parks or at the train stations, wearing the coats provided through your donations, and thanks God for all of those who gave so that our refugee friends could feel the love of Christ in such a practical way.