To be refugee or leaving one’s home for another country is as old as Adam and Eve.They were driven out of their home of the garden of Eden to an hostile world.Abraham,Lot,Jacob and the Jews as a nation were all refugees and strangers in a foreign land.And of course,Jesus himself was a stranger in Egypt in his childhood.God knows the pain of all this.What we are hearing from Saudi is very sad.We can’t keep silent when we see all the evils done to our people.Prayer is the first thing we do but it shouldn’t stop there.
The Bible says:”Is that what you call a fast(and prayer),a day acceptable to the Lord? Is not this the kind of fasting(and praying) I have chosen:to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” Isaiah 58:6-7.”For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,I was a stranger and you did not invite me in,I needed clothes and you did not clothe me,I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.” Matthew 25:41-43.
All the prayer movements going on in churches are great. Let’s go to the next step: taking action! Be voice for the voiceless in Saudi and elsewhere. Contact the Saudi Embassy, inform international governments and organizations, encourage the Ethiopian government to take quick measures. Communicate our people in Saudi and give them a word of encouragement even financial help. Some people say what the Ethiopian government is doing now is too little too late but it’s good that something is being done. We expect more. A high level government delegates is already in Saudi to facilitate the return of Ethiopians. Let’s pray, help the helpless and fight injustice at the same time, as the word of God commands us. God bless you.
Wengelawi Daniel Tassew