From war-torn countries to natural disasters, the reasons people are forced to pick up their lives and families and abandon their homelands vary widely. Reality is, however, that refugee movement is on the rise with no signs of slowing down. The infographic below presents some of the latest available information on the worldwide movement of displaced peoples.
These numbers represent people who need both physical and spiritual care, the majority of whom are struggling to find it. As you digest this information, prayerfully ask of the Lord how you might be a part of loving those who have been driven from their homes, who are fraught with physical need—from food to housing to work to medical care, and who, even more so, need to hear of the hope found in Christ alone.
Rae Riley is a media specialist serving with the IMB in Europe.