June 19 and June 26
World Refugee Sunday
Click on the poster to go to more resources – the link will take you to an external website of an organisation that partners with the RHP international and the WEA for Refugee Sunday.
June 20th is World Refugee Day, and the World Evangelical Alliance has declared the Sundays before and after June 20th to be observed as World Refugee Sunday. This year World Refugee Sunday falls on June 19th and June 26th.
Scripture is clear about the injustices that God actively defends. Verse after verse, God declares justice for the foreigner, fatherless, and the widow.
“The Lord defends the rights of orphans and widows. He cares for foreigners and gives them food and clothing.” – Deuteronomy 10:18 CEV
The Lord is the great Defender of those who are marginalised, he gives the foreigners food and clothing. As a global church, it is time to uphold the cause of those who are impoverished and oppressed, and those who are forcibly displaced. This is why we have chosen the theme for World Refugee Sunday, 2022: DEFENDER.
We also encourage you to use the #WorldRefugee Sunday and #RefugeeHighway to share what you are doing, in order to encourage and inspire others to join in.
On World Refugee Sunday would your church consider highlighting the challenges daily faced by refugees; and what it means to welcome the stranger?
Special Refugee Sunday Resources
Click on the images below to open these resources that you are free to download and use as a part of your Refugee Sunday toolkit.
World Refugee Sunday National Resources
World Refugee Sunday ideas
Schwizerische Evangelische Allianz
Refugee Prayer Week: https://www.gave.nl/steun-gave/bid-mee/vluchtelingengebedsweek
- Refugee Day – Every Action Counts UNHCR (January 2021) (3:04 minutes)
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi salutes the fortitude of refugees and the forcibly displaced many of whom have stepped up to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic despite their own hardships.
- How Do Migrants & Refugees Get to Europe? Four Major Paths Taken to Enter the EU – February 1, 2021 (9 minutes)
- 5 Years On – Images of the refugee crisis | Deutsche Well Documentary (September 4, 2020)
These snapshots represent dramatic moments from the time when nearly a million refugees entered Germany in the summer of 2015. In this documentary the authors Bamdad Esmaili and Matthias Fuchs go in search of the stories behind the pictures. (45 minutes)
- World Refugee Day 2020 Promo Video – June 20, 2020 (1:19 minutes)
The World Refugee Day Is Observed Annually on June 20 Around The World. The Day Is an International Observance Which Is Dedicated to Raising Awareness Of The Situation Of Refugees Throughout The World.
- “What They Took With Them” by UNHCR September 2016 (5:25 minutes)
Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley Juliet Stevenson Peter Capaldi Stanley Tucci Chiwetel Ejiofor Kit Harington Douglas Booth Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman. The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them.
- God’s Heart for the Foreigner” by Global Frontiers – May 2016 (5:12 minutes)
- Kids Meet a Refugee – September 2018 (6:56 minutes)
- The Journey of Refugee to Europe by Love Europe (3:56 minutes)
Many people are on the run because of war or because of persecution. In this beautiful video we follow one family trying to find refuge in a new country.
- What Does It Mean to Be a Refugee – Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman – 2016 TedTalk (5:43 minutes)
Let us unite together as the Body of Christ to welcome over 65.6 million men, women and children who have been forcibly displaced.
Map of the Refugee Highway
IAFR designed this stunning and informative poster to raise awareness about the realities of the Refugee Highway and of our mandate to love the alien as we love ourselves. Perfect for churches, class rooms, dorm rooms and the office.
Download the Map and the Discussion Questions.