The simplest way to describe those we minister is to refer to them as forcefully displaced people. Uprooted by the forces of war, violence, persecution, economic despair, famine, etc., the people we are called to serve have been displaced by a powerful mix of fear and hopelessness.

 Refugees are people like you and me, having a home, family, friends, work, possessions, traditions, culture and dreams. Because of persecution, war, famine, natural disasters or other factors, they feel forced to leave it all behind.

Their stresses do not end when they leave the borders of their country behind. The paths refugees travel are often filled with unforeseen and sometimes tragic dangers. Beginning life anew in a foreign land is a daunting task that requires Herculean effort. Often, everything is different; language, culture, food, etc. The problems they face are many.

God reveals his heart for refugees (aliens) in Deuteronomy 10:17-19
“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the aliengiving him food and clothing. And you are to love those who are aliens…”   

We have such an opportunity to influence these people for Christ.