US-backed forces announced the liberation of Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) militants last October, defeating the “Caliphate” in its own capital. However, the IS ideology continues as a force for evil attacks around the world. As the “mopping up” operation is ongoing in Syria and Iraq, the ravages of the terror group continue to be felt in the hearts, minds and lives of refugees forced to flee for their lives. Christians are taking a lead in serving refugees who fled to neighbouring countries. Premier’s Tola Mbakwe interviewed Maran Maayah AbuJaber, founder and CEO of Al-Hadaf, a charity started when IS invaded Iraq in 2014. AbuJaber states that IS survivors still need a lot of therapy and prayer and said, “Three years on, children are still traumatised.” She told Premier, “The pain is still there, the loss is still there, and many families are still waiting for a second home.
In Jordan they cannot work because they are asylum seekers. They are waiting to be relocated.” Al-Hadaf uses art therapy to help traumatised refugees begin to heal from their dreadful experiences. The charity said that when they first began working with some children, they would be given crayons and colours and they would only draw darkness with black and brown. AbuJaber added, “I thought, ‘this is not like my kids, they love green and blue’, there’s something wrong here.” With the defeat of the ‘Caliphate’ refugees are now considering whether there is any way they can go back to their destroyed towns and villages. What is most encouraging is to know that many, formerly Muslims, are now firmly trusting in Jesus because of the care given by Christians. “What is it about the Gospel message that strikes such a chord with Muslim refugees,” asks Frontiers president Bob Blincoe? He says: “More than any other answer, they refer to Jesus’ words, ‘Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden. Learn of me, I will give you rest for your souls, for I am meek and humble.’ This way of the Lord, this unexpected hope for desperate people, is the number one reason.”
Source: Premier News; Frontiers; Revival Media
Bible Study: Matthew 11:25-30
DECEMBER PRAISE God many Muslim refugees found rest for their souls in the love of Christians and the saving grace of Jesus.
PRAY they will be strengthened as His disciples.