Refugees - Children in Refugee camp A refugee is a person who has fled their country because of persecution, war or violence.

Jesus’ early days on earth were as a refugee, after his parents fled to Egypt to escape Herod. In both the Old and New Testaments, God calls us to care for the vulnerable and specifically to show compassion to the foreigner or stranger. He reminds the people of Israel, “Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:19).

God instructs his people in Leviticus 19:33-34, “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall do him no wrong… you shall love him as yourself.”

Jesus tells the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25:34-36, saying that when the righteous feed and welcome “the least of these” who are hungry, thirsty and a stranger, their actions serve Christ.
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