The Forgotten Crisis that needs our PrayersJoanna Callender - 12 Jun 2017

The Refugee Crisis is still happening.

Over the past few years, information has slipped from dominating our headlines into a background issue.

Yet, as we go about our day-to-day lives, thousands continue to embark on the ultimate journey; seeking refuge and a better existence in a safer place. 

“The simple truth is that refugees would not risk their lives on a journey so dangerous if they could thrive where they are.”

- Melissa Fleming, UNHCR

Today, the death rate for those crossing the Mediterranean sea has doubled, and according to the UN Refugee Agency, we are witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. 

The Refugee Crisis is still happening - we’ve just forgotten about it. 

Faced with such a huge problem, the easiest thing to do is to ignore it; to pretend that there’s nothing we can do and carry on with our lives. The refugee crisis is a problem, like so many others, that we resign to the impossible. 

But we are prayer people. 

We believe in a God of miracles. We believe in a God who miraculously intervenes. We believe in the power of the creator of earth who can save lives.

It is easier to ignore the refugee crisis than to pray for it. But praying isn’t just something we should do; it’s something that we must devote ourselves to. 

Together as a global prayer movement, our prayers can bring transformation. So we’ve joined with the Refugee Campaign for a week of 24-7 Prayer from 18 - 25 June 2017.

Wherever you are in the world, sign up online for an hour of prayer, add it to your calendar and pray for refugees. 

Our prayers are of vital importance to mobilise action. Our prayers can fight against the darkness that prevails. Prayer is the most powerful tool for transformation.

Sign up now

Our week of prayer for refugees is in partnership with The Refugee Campaign. Read more about World Refugee Sunday on the blog


Main photo: Asena Hatice Yıldırım, Unsplash 


Joanna Callender

Joanna is part of the 24-7 Prayer Comms team and spends her days editing the website, running social media and dreaming up new prayer ideas. Outside the office, Joanna loves reading cookbooks, practising her photography skills, and good chats over good coffee. 

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