A Night of Honor
In 2021 when American forces were pulled from Iraq and Afghanistan, there was a special group of people who were suddenly forced to leave their homeland. These locals had worked in cooperation with the U.S. military and were employed by them. Doing their job put them as a target in the Taliban’s eyes. These men were brave in their assistance to our troops, often offering translation services to help aid the fight against terrorism. When the troops were withdrawn, these men were granted emergency Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs).
In an average year, 1,500 SIVs are issued. However, after the withdrawal in 2021, an exception to that number had to be made and a record 8,000 SIVs were given. This means that now, there are more than ever, refugee heroes living in the states today who need our support as they transition to their new lives.
This past November the missions department was able to offer support to this spectacular group of men. CF Missions had the joy of financially sponsoring an event with one of our local refugee ministry partners. This event was also supported by a group of men from CF who went down and served.
This event was a night to honor the Special Immigrant Visa holders that have been placed in Houston. Throughout the night, they were able to enjoy a meal, hear from a speaker, and be honored for their courageous work. It was a night to highlight that these men are heroes and show our appreciation for all that they have done.
Moving forward, CF can continue to support these men by praying for them. An important thing to pray about is the reunification of their families. Their quick evacuation for their safety meant that many of them had to leave behind their loved-ones. Many of these men are in Houston, waiting for their wife and children to join them. Some of their families are still in their homeland while others are awaiting resettlement in a refugee camp.
The other big prayer concern is for the salvation of these men. Coming from the Middle East, this is the first time they will be living in a predominantly Christian society. Pray that Christians in Houston show them the love of Christ. Pray that they have a positive impression of the local church. And pray that they will personally come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior.
It is a unique day and age in the United States where the world is coming to us. May we treat them with love and respect. May we remember that it is Christ like to welcome in the stranger. And may we realize that the harvest of the nations is in our backyard.
If you would like to do more to get involved with the local refugee population in Houston, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how.