The country of Nepal has been ‘temporary’ home for the roughly 100,000 refugees who fled the country of Bhutan in the early 1990’s. Most of those who were displaced had been living in the southern part of Bhutan for generations, but were forced to flee due to political and religious persecution from the majority people group in that country. Those that fled the country remained in refugee camps for years, with roughly 7000 refugees remaining in Nepal until today, almost 30 years later!
I had the privilege of traveling to Nepal at the end of May in order to take part in the dedication of a new church building, and while there went to visit one of the refugee camps. Our first few blog entries will be some of my thoughts and perspectives from seeing the global refugee crisis from the viewpoint of those who are living through it daily outside of our country.
I hope you’ll join us at Refuge Rochester as we seek to embrace and welcome the refugees and immigrants that God is bringing to our city. I hope you’ll follow our blog as we record some of the process that He is leading us through as we grow in this ministry.