“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died”
That passage in 2 Corinthians 5 expresses much to me about why it is important to me to share Christ’s love with refugees and anyone who has suffered in life.
But there is a backstory to it all that I rarely share.
I occasionally listen to a song from the 1990s Runaway Train by Soul Asylum. It was originally not only a hit single but also used to raise awareness about the plight of runaway youth in the U.S.
The song still resonates with me. I was one of those youth for about a year. I was the son of an alcoholic father and a mother who had mental illness. I never knew a moment of feeling safe when I was a child. My response to it all was to explode in anger one day as a teen which led to me leaving the house. I stayed with a friend’s family and crashed on couches of other friends. At times I slept on a park bench,
Never knowing peace as a child and teen, as a young man I only cared about making money until one day I ran into the presence of Jesus. His presence was so powerful and full of love that I gave my life to him in July 1989.
Experiencing illness to the point of losing memory and losing everything in my life led me to not knowing what would happen next. God led me step by step.
Having been rescued from darkness by Jesus, my hope is to participate with Jesus to rescue others from darkness.
When Jesus led me to reach out to refugees, I understood how they feel. I knew how it felt to not feel safe and to wonder what would happen next. That is the experience of refugees. They flee because they are not safe and they wonder what will happen next.
When I experienced the love of Jesus, it compelled me to share his love with others. As 1st John 4 says:
“We love because he first loved us”
Knowing what it is like to be forgiven of so much, to be received despite my cold heart, causes me to desire for others to experience the depths of God’s love.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.