"For the LORD your God [is] God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, the mighty, and a terrible God, who does not respect persons nor take a bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and widow, and loves the stranger in giving him food and clothing. Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."
Love the “stranger” in the land
God loves the stranger and He is commanding us to do the same.
The Lord gave us a special connection with the Sudanese families and especially with their children and youth.
Back in the early years of 2000, there were Sudanese refugees that had run from the war in Sudan, Africa, through Egypt and into Israel. Most of the families that came were from christian background, and when some of them arrived in our town, Arad, they found the believers here. Since then we’ve been in touch with these families. They have no permanent status in Israel, they have limited rights and very basic medical help. The parents work at any job possible, mainly at the hotels.
Conditions in which they live aren’t easy at all and the parents need to spend many hours at work.
There are also major cultural differences between Israel and Sudan that are another obstacle they need to face. Adding to this is the uncertainty with their residential status, that causes much stress among the Sudanese families who had to flee their warzone homeland to a more peaceful place. Most of them are in the Tel-Aviv area. Much less in Arad.
We enjoy so much organizing a mid-week Bible club, for two separate groups of children (which includes a meal, games, Bible lesson and crafts), the Sudanese youth activity and sporadic outings with them all.
The children crave every bit of attention given to them and really enjoy the activities, love hearing the gospel and learning about Jesus!
Praise God, we are also able to assist the children with dental care, which is needed so badly. As they are not citizens, they don’t have the proper insurance for this.
Expressing God’s love to those children (“the stranger among us”) isn’t a burden, but pure joy.