Adventist Church Inaugurates First Annual World Refugee Sabbath

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Europe reflects on the more than 65 million people who have been forced to leave lives behind to seek safety

Saturday, June 17 has been designated the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s first annual “World Refugee Sabbath.” The day has been set aside to raise awareness of the needs of people who have been displaced from their homes due to civil unrest and persecution.

Churches, groups, families and individuals are invited to participate using the resources made available by the Seventh-day Adventist Church as well as by exploring the information and stories shared by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency. ADRA has made available information, stories, facts and photos on this subject to help further a broader understanding of refugees and to challenge some of the misconceptions around the topic.

We hope this day will serve as a reminder to individuals worldwide that every refugee is worthy of compassion.

The Refugee Crisis

What we are experiencing recently is a tragedy that is taking place before our eyes. Hundreds of thousands of men, women, children, elderly, are escaping from the clutches of wars that seems to be never-ending.

They are our next door neighbors, knocking incessantly at our doors to ask to be granted the right of security, a safe shelter from the threat of death. Many of them have left precipitately, leaving their belongings, and very often their beloved ones whom cannot travel.

The journey of hope that these migrants have taken has been for many a real misery. They have faced a long journey crossing different countries, deserts, seas, with the anxiety of not succeeding. For many of them it has been so, they drowned in a strip of sea that separated them from the apparent salvation. Among them, many children.

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