Nearly five centuries ago, the French word, refugee, entered the English language. Almost a quarter of a million French Protestants fled religious persecution, in the wake of Martin Luther’s reformation, that many Christians have remembered this year, the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Some of those French Protestants, the Huguenots, made their way first to England, and then finally, to Chesterfield County, just west of Richmond, Virginia.
I am a descendant of some of those French Protestant refugees.
The Rohingya people are an ethnic group, many living in Myanmar (formerly Burma), that I have never heard of before this year. But since August, 2017, nearly half a million people have fled on foot or by boat to neighboring Bangladesh. Most Rohingya are Muslim, though a small percentage are Hindu, and even a few Christians, but they all face intense persecution from Myanmar’s Buddhist majority.
Elsewhere in the world, Muslims are turning to Christ in record numbers. Some sources indicate that more Muslims have come to faith in Jesus within the last 14 years, than in the previous 14 centuries that Islam has been in existence.
A good friend of mine, who loves Jesus, is planning to go on a missions trip, within the next month, to see if he, and some friends, can help the Rohingya out, during this time of crisis. If you would like to help out financially, please get in contact with me, or else leave a comment in the comment section of the blog, and I can get the information to you, as to how you can help.
“Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:19)