Live like a refugee.
This mosaic was designed in Syria by a Christian we had the opportunity to meet on the island of Lesvos, Greece. These fleeing refugees left their home is search of peace and safety. This picture depicts Elijah being carried up by the chariot of fire to heaven as told in 2 Kings 2:11.
It took Armani (not his real name) three months of work to complete this scene. He painstakingly laid each ceramic tile in place by hand. Cathy and I were amazed at the pictures he shared with us. Biblical characters and scenes were placed in local churches in Homs, Syria.
I looked at him and asked if these beautiful works of art are still intact. He shook his head and said they were all destroyed! Radical Muslim troops destroyed the churches and homes of Christian in our area. That was when we fled with my mother, wife and two children.
I researched the city of Homs when we arrived home. The city of Homs was under seige for three years by the Syrian military. There was a truce in 2014 but fighting continued in their area of the town until November of 2016. In September Armani left with his family and became refugees on the run.
We forged a friendship with this family and sought to keep in touch as they go on their journey. They had amazing resilience to remain in Homs over the lasts five years during the civil war. But the enemy finally got too close! It became necessary to run from the enemy.
At what point would you run from the enemy? We resist the devil regularly. But when do you run the other way? God is capable of whisking each of us out of terrible situations at any moment. He knows we are there! He sees us! But he leaves us there for a purpose. Maybe we haven't learned and come to understand the teaching of Jesus.
Don't miss the special lessons God gives us each day. But at the same time balance the ability to resist with the need to run. We know the feeling of being a sojourner in this world. Encourage another sojourner today.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.