Reaching out to Rohingya Refugees

June 18th, 2018 by

Copyright 2017, istockphoto.com. Photo by Suvra Kanti Dos. Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, walks through muddy field to take shelter at Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh, October 2, 2017. The United Nations' humanitarian office said Thursday that the number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh since Aug. 25 has topped 500,000.

Since 2017, over two million Rohingya Muslims were forced to leave Myanmar for neighboring countries. Global Teams has three field partners currently working with the Rohingya. As refugees poured into Sadi’s home country, he and his team knew they needed to reach out and demonstrate God’s love for them. They were able to meet the immediate needs of over 5,000 refugees in nine camps by providing much needed shelter, clothing, food, water, formula and even medicine. Sadi’s team has been joined by a medical team sent from a partner church in the U.S. and they have been able to provide medical attention to widows, orphans, the elderly and the sick. Each day brings opportunities to serve and to share God’s love. Nearly 100 people – including three imams – have made decisions to follow Jesus! Now they are being discipled and are preparing for baptism. The people who live in the communities surrounding the camps speak a language similar to the Rohingya, and these people are also coming to gatherings, hearing scripture and responding to the gospel message.

In another part of Asia, Marco and Daniela have been working with refugees from a number of surrounding countries. As the Rohingya crisis has grown, so has their ministry with them. Refugee children are not allowed to go to public school, so Marco teaches at a school they have established in the camp. Serving as part of the medical team, Daniela provides badly needed medical services. As friendships have formed, Marco and Daniela have been able to pray and share their faith. Some families have begun to follow Christ and recently, an entire family was baptized. Following their baptism, they shared that they were full of joy in the midst of tribulation. “We came to this country as refugees and we found refuge in Jesus!”

World Refugee Day is June 20.

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