“WHEN A STRANGER SOJOURNS WITH YOU IN YOUR LAND, YOU SHALL NOT DO HIM WRONG. YOU SHALL TREAT THE STRANGER WHO SOJOURNS WITH YOU AS THE NATIVE AMONG YOU, AND YOU SHALL LOVE HIM AS YOURSELF, FOR YOU WERE STRANGERS IN THE LAND OF EGYPT: I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD.” – LEVITICUS 19:33-34
What is the Refugee Highway?
It has been observed that there are some well-worn paths around the world that refugees travel upon; air, water and land routes leading to safety and the simple hope for a normal life. These make up the refugee highway. Like any highway, there are entry ramps, crossroads, roundabouts and exits ramps.Every continent on the globe finds itself connected to this winding network of roads. Many of the major entry ramps onto the highway are in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the countries of the former Soviet Union and Latin America. In the vast majority of countries where travelers on the Highway arrive, they are perceived to be both a burden to society and an economic threat. Often, the only work they can find is on the black market, where they are offered the least desirable tasks and are paid far below market value, if at all.
These travelers have no voice, as they usually do not know the language, laws, nor their rights in the country in which they find themselves.
What does travel along the Refugee Highway look like?
In North America we receive more than 200,000 Refugee Highway travelers (refugees and asylum seekers) each year. This presents North American believers with an opportunity to model the ministry of Jesus that is written about in Isaiah 61:1, 2: “…The LORD has anointed Me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to prisoners…to comfort all who mourn…”
Learn more about the Refugee Highway through our Awareness and Training Resources.
Like the parable of the Good Samaritan exemplifies, we invite you to join us as we seek to serve these wounded sojourners on the refugee highway!