Refugee Youth

One could be tempted to think that the youth in a refugee camp would walk day to day without hope.  After all, many of these youth were born in a refugee camp, and have never experienced life outside of the camp.  They do not know what it is like to be “Home” and they do not know if they will ever have the chance to leave.  However, that is not the reality of the youth from the Pentecostal Community Church in Dzaleka Refugee Camp.  The youth here express their hope and emotions through original songs they write themselves.  They are also doing some of the deepest theological thinking about faith, life, and pain I have ever encountered.  Hope is real, tangible, and important in their lives, despite the challenges.  It was great to spend time with them yesterday, hearing their music and discussing real life questions of faith.                                                                          

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