I wish more people could see that God calls us to care for the orphan, the widow, and the foreigner among us not just because they have a special place in His heart, but because we do! In allowing us to know and love those whom He cares so deeply about, He spoils us with a deeper experience of His love, joy, provision, and grace–through them!
Hau and her husband came to the States as Burmese refugees in 2011. I met them 2+ years ago through my time with Loving All Peoples. We prayed in her apartment on a regular basis and I witnessed firsthand what the prayers of someone who truly believes in the power of prayer looks like. She would cry out to God without abandon and together in faith, we thanked God for the house He would someday provide her family. We ended each prayer session with a delicious Burmese meal and some play time with her kids.
Two years later, God answered our prayers above and beyond what we asked for by providing them with a wonderful 3-bedroom house where they can freely pray and worship Him. Written across their fence in both English and Zomi are the words: “GOD IS GOOD.” Indeed, He is!
They invited me over to spend the night last night and I was, once again, on the receiving end of their hospitality. As the night went on, we discovered that Hau had forgotten it was her birthday!! We quickly got a birthday cake from the nearest Walmart and sang, “Happy Birthday to Mommy” before her kids ate all the frosting their little bellies could handle.
I look at this family and see a glimpse of my family from 25 years ago. These kids will grow up fully American, without any lack or awareness of what their immigrant parents went through to provide that kind of childhood for them. Befriending Hau and her husband has taught me to appreciate my parents more. It has taught me to thank God for His provision and to be more generous with what He has given me. I am better for knowing this family.
Today, I’m grateful that the invitation stands for each of us to engage with the orphan, the widow, and the foreigner among us. It’s not a “die-to-yourself-because-it-will-be-so-difficult” invitation but a “taste-and-see-that-the-Lord-is-good” one. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me! #JesusLovesRefugees