We had a prayer meeting yesterday, organized by World Relief Durham and a local church.
You're Invited to:
Refugee Prayer Night
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. -Psalm 121:1
World Relief Durham invites you to join refugees and those who stand with refugees for a time of guided and silent prayer. We will spend an hour seeking God’s face in light of the recent changes to the refugee resettlement program in America. All are welcome, however, childcare will not be provided.
I'm not good at guessing crowd size, but we stuffed a small church. We started with 5 minutes of silent prayer, followed by contemporary worship songs led by two guitars. After that, the leader of World Relief Durham outlined the contents of the Executive Order, without commentary and without mentioning any people. Then the pastor stood up and said that we are here to seek God's face and to pray for refugees, emphasizing that this is not a time to criticize any political figure or group, but to stand for refugees in prayer. He asked people to stand and share a prayer or a scripture, and people did that for about 30 minutes. Some of the people who prayed were refugees, one prayed in heavily accented French, I'm guessing he came from West Africa. Some of the prayers were for our leaders and for their wisdom. Most of the prayers were for refugees, and that we be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus here in Durham.
50 families that were coming to Durham are now blocked. They had us divide into small groups, handing us each a sheet with the a description of a family - first names, nationality, age and gender, where they are right now - and asked us to pray for this family in our group.
Is it biblical? Is it Christlike? Is it loving? Is it true? How can I find out?