Published on February 12th, 2014
Refugee camp in India
(The story below is from SDOK, VOM’s sister mission in the Netherlands. It has been translated and edited from the original.)
Dhiren lives in a refugee camp in India. At the moment, the camp is his home. He didn’t always live in the camp. A few years ago, everything was different. Back then, he still had a house and a dad. He can remember it well, but he doesn’t want to think about it often. “It only makes me sad,” he said.
But on this day, he is thinking about it. His mother is telling visitors to the camp what happened. “My husband and I had three children and we loved the Lord Jesus a lot,” said his mother. “My husband loved to teach others from the Bible.
“A lot of Hindus lived in our neighborhood,” Dhiren’s mother continued. “Many of them were not happy with us, but I did not expect it would get out of hand the way it did.
“One day there was an attack, and I fled with my children into the woods. My mother-in-law lived in our house, and my husband stayed with her. Angry Muslims lit our house on fire.”
Sadly, Dhiren’s grandmother and father died from injuries received during the Hindu’s attack. “And our house is gone, and that is why we live here,” said Dhiren’s mother.
“When I think about what happened, I lose hope,” she continued. “But then I pray. God is alive, and he gives me strength and comfort.
“Now that you’ve heard my story, don’t think only about the horrible things that have happened,” Dhiren’s mother urged the visitors. “Think above all about our special God who even in all this misery is very close to us. He is full of love and gives us comfort in our grief.”
Will you pray that Dhiren and all refugees will be comforted by God in their sadness?