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A Rohingya Refugee story: one less thing to worry about

The Rohingya’s I met, they went through unimaginable hardships.

A Rohingya Refugee story: one less thing to worry about

Today I only have one request. Every time I met #Rohingya refugees, they would ask me: ‘Will you share our story? We must not be forgotten’. This is why I wrote this: to let people know about the unimaginable hardships these families are living, but also their hope, strength and resilience. I hope you will read this story and feel inspired to help in any way you can. So they won’t be forgotten.”

For the Rohingya: Pray – Give – Bear witness – Share

There is a lot that you can do. In any way you feel inspired or you can. And I know for sure that Unia would be very thankful for that. Pray if you’re a prayer warrior or if you are just touched by this story or by the fate of the refugees. If you want to give, please go to our website.

Pope Francis said: ‘The presence of God today is also called Rohingya.’ And while I was there, walking in the endless camp, I believe this to be true. I saw Jesus in the act of Aaid – a seventy-two year old Rohingya refugee man who lost his wife and grandson, as they got shot while they were running. But then he took in a boy he saw crying on the street for his mom and dad in as his own son, and has cared for him since. Can we do that today? Make an act of unselfish love? An act of love that is going to cost us, but we do not moan or groan about it? I dare you today.

A Rohingya Refugee story: one less thing to worry about

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017 - by Willem and Wendy

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017 - by Willem and Wendy

Merry Christmas

For unto us a child is born
unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder
and his name shall be called wonderful Counselor
the mighty God, the everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

We are happy that we are able to celebrate the reason for the season back home this year with our beloved family. We will only be in the Netherlands for a very short time, so we won’t be meeting with lots of people, but we will give you an update soon as new developments are on the way! So stay tuned.

When we look back into 2017, lots has happened and we look back with thankfulness in our hearts. We have been able to contribute to a well running project in Nepal where earthquake resilient houses are being built. And Wendy has traveled to Afghanistan and Bangladesh to be a voice for the most vulnerable.

We also saw lots of suffering. And while suffering is hard to explain, we would love to speak with the words of C.S. Lewis: ‘God always hears the cry of suffering, God always sees the oppression of the weak and God demands we be a people who do the same.’

We believe that when we all reach out, when we all stand up and do what God asks from us, in our neighbourhood, to our friends and family or overseas, everyone in his/her place. What beautiful would this world look. Love in action.

We wish you a prosperous and joyful 2018.