With all that we’ve seen in the news about the Refugee Crisis, it’s hard to know what to do and how to teach our kids about it.
‘For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:35-40
Those are the words of Jesus. These are His people. They are His creation, created in His image — just like you and me.
So, what do we do?
The amount of detail you tell your children is up to your discretion. The best thing you can do is involve them in the process. Pray as a family to see how God would have you serve. Allow your kids to pray with you, give money from their piggy bank, or help welcome a family into your home. Let them see you be the hands and feet of Jesus. But even more, let them be the hands and feet as well. Bless them with the joy of being a part of what God is doing and let it stretch them outside their comfort zones.
WE WELCOME REFUGEES lists practical, tangible, real ways (see below) to welcome in the stranger in Christ’s name. It is hosted by World Relief, The Justice Conference, and Ann Voskamp. Visit their website for more details about how to partner.