Helping Unaccompanied Refugee Youth
The Power of Prayer
Posted by Kaylee K on Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Under: Unaccompanied Refugee Youth
9:36 Prayer Initiative for Unaccompanied Refugee Children
For the week of the 12th-18th of November, will you join people around the globe in daily prayer for the 200,000+ unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and youth who are traveling alone through Europe? Simply set a daily calendar reminder for 9:36 a.m. and p.m. to remind you to pray for twice each day for these children.
Why 9:36 a.m./p.m.?
In the Bible, the book of Mark, chapter 9, verse 36 tells us that “[Jesus] took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
We want to pray together for this type of welcome for the children and youth who travel alone. This prayer initiative is designed to remind us twice each day to lift our hearts and voices to God on behalf of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Around the world in a multitude of languages we pray that God show us how to welcome these children into our communities and into His family.
We invite you to join this initiative by praying for these children and youth at 9:36 a.m. and p.m. each day. If you would like some guidance on what to pray, we created this
with our Orphan Sunday partners. (Contact us if you'd like a copy in French or Italian.) The PrayerMate app has added this initiative so you can easily participate with daily prayer topics.
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John and Kaylee Kolditz
Kaylee founded Refugee Connect in 2008. John joined the work in 2011 as we investigated the refugee situation in Europe. But our faith and cross-cultural journeys have been a work-in-progress for many years. Much of this blog reflects that. ************************************************ We met in Austin, TX, while volunteering at a serving event at Gateway Church and have been married since 2002. Marriage, parenting and ministry all require a great deal of intentionality, humility and true reliance on God for strength, wisdom, and grace. It is a journey we are grateful to be on together. Ultimately, what matters to us is building into meaningful relationships in ways that, to the best of our ability and by God's grace, demonstrate the love and hope Jesus freely offers to us all. ************************************************ We bring both business and ministry backgrounds into our current work. John started a business in his 20's and helped build several other businesses. He has also served with churches in a variety of roles including as an assistant pastor, director of community development, and missions board member. Kaylee left her marketing career to become the global missions director for our home church in Austin, TX, then founded a local refugee ministry, and became TEFL certified (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in order to prepare for our work overseas. We have led short-term teams domestically and internationally, and served with a variety of cross-cultural ministries. In 2008, we sensed a call to build into the church in Europe, which was also around the time when God broke Kaylee’s heart for refugees. Since then, God has continued to weave together this heart for refugees, desire to serve alongside the church, and focus on His call to Europe.
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