Uganda Day 6
daily prayer guide
Day 6: Thursday, August 1
Like many refugees today, Moses was born in a dangerous place at a dangerous time. Although he grew up in Pharaoh’s family, the oppression of his people by the Egyptians weighed heavily upon him. As an adult, he killed an Egyptian for beating a Jew. When Pharaoh heard about it, he tried to kill Moses. So Moses fled into the wilderness, where he was a refugee for 40 years.
Moses began to rebuild his life while still a refugee. Like many refugees today, Moses got married and began raising his family far from home. He named his firstborn son Gershom, which means “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”
Forced displacement left a deep and defining mark on Moses’ life. A similar mark is left on the lives of refugees today.
Today’s reading tells of how God used a Midianite family to help Moses recover from displacement and begin rebuilding his life.
“When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock. When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, ‘Why have you returned so early today?’ They answered, ‘An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.’ ‘And where is he?’ Reuel asked his daughters. ‘Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.’ Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, ‘I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.’” (Exodus 2:15-22)
Pray for the refugees that the team will come in contact with. Many of these refugees have lived in these camps for many years (17-20 years). Pray for hope and peace for these people. May God meet them in their displacement.
|Ruth Lomo||Jay Phebus||Wafaa Khartoum|
|Joyce Lomo||Daniel Phebus||Karamba|
|Stephanie Powell||Ari Campbell||Nadine Pasikari|
|Gladys Hunt||Beth Price||Fidel Pasikari|
|Samantha Sanchez||Wailes N.||Esther Pasikari|