| Jun 20, 2013
Day Seven — Centralia to Napavine, WA
20 miles walked today
99 miles to go
As I continue on with my Celebration Walk, there are times that I thank that walking for 2 weeks is a lot of work.
Then, I remember a Congolese family we met at a refugee camp in Uganda. This family had fled their home in the middle of the night when their village was attacked by rebel soldiers.
The family hid in the bushes during the day to avoid being seen and killed. At night, they walked through the fields and the jungle—away from all the roads to avoid the possibility of being attacked again. They carried their children on their backs. They had almost nothing to eat or drink.
We asked the family how long they had to walk before they found safety. Their response? Two weeks!
That’s the same length of time I’m walking. But, there are also some big differences.
I don’t have to walk at night because I’m afraid for my life. I have plenty of food to eat and water to drink. I don’t have to sleep on the ground out in the open. I’m not worried that others in my family may have been killed by rebel soldiers. I didn’t just lose everything I had in life except that which I could carry on my back.
Today is World Refugee Day.
Take a moment to pray for the 43 million refugees and internally displaced people who are living in camps and temporary shelters because they were forced to flee their homes to avoid persecution or death.
And, join me in thanking God for the work that Medical Teams International is doing to help refugees in countries like Uganda, Syria, Southern Sudan and elsewhere in our world today.