‘Love them as yourself’

As churches and communities across many countries are stepping up to serve Afghan refugees – alongside other displaced people – we’re highlighting a couple of SIM ministries in different contexts and how you can partner with them in prayer and support.

When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.

Leviticus 19:33-34

Sports Ministry: Western U.S

Workers with Sports Friends have been ministering to Afghan refugees and migrants in the Western U.S for several years and now are uniquely placed to serve those arriving since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021.

Many of those who are already resident in the U.S are fearful of events in Afghanistan and of the effects on their relatives or friends who are there. Through football teams, a cycling group and other sporting activities, coaches and volunteers with Sports Friends are building relationships with families and young people, and able to share God’s love and compassion with them.

Hear more about this ministry from the Sports Friends’ article: For Such A Time As This

Refugee Ministry: Central Asia

Local believers in a neighbouring Central Asian country are bringing direct aid and assistance to refugees fleeing Afghanistan.

Partnering with a local church, several of these workers are now studying at a local seminary, although the training costs are around $2,000 per worker. They are excited about the opportunity to share Jesus Christ with their new neighbours by building friendships and helping the refugees to settle alongside them into their community.

How can I help?

We all have a part to play in prayer. Use our Prayer Sheet and encourage others in your church or group to pray alongside you, lifting up our brothers and sisters to the Lord.

If you are able to donate, please tick ‘To help a specific worker or ministry’ and use one of the following:

Sports Ministry in Western U.S: ‘Afghan Neighbors’

Refugee Ministry in Central Asia: Project 99830 Refugees

This was posted on 8 September 2021 in Compassionate ministries and Youth ministry.
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