Every Tuesday evening a small group of local Christians, Oasis staff and volunteers meet together to pray specifically for the refugees. This week the meeting began predictably enough, with Christoph playing a few worship songs on his guitar, and the six of us offering prayers and intercessions with thanksgiving ..... until Ali heard a noise coming from outside the plate glass front door.
He got up to investigate, and after a hurried, whispered conversation he returned, bringing with him four Farsi-speaking young people (three guys and a young lady). They had apparently been sent by a local refugee agency to see if we might let them use our emergency overnight accommodation.
After settling the question of who would be prepared to spend the night with them at the Oasis, we continued in prayer. The new 'additions' joined us in grateful, respectful silence. It wasn't long before we asked our guests if they had any prayer requests that we might present to Jesus on their behalf.... they had! The two main areas for prayer they shared were:
.....The young lady, who had previously been living in the UK, left briefly to come to Austria to marry her now husband. Her husband (one of the three young guys) having applied for refugee status in Austria, is prohibited from travelling to the UK. She has been refused permission to make application for asylum in Austria and has been told she must return to the UK alone. She and her husband are adamant that they do not want to be separated. "I cannot live without my husband" she said.
..... One of the other young guys has a wife in England but cannot get permission to join her there.
Together we exalted the all-powerful Name of Jesus. For me, as the only UK citizen present in the room, the issue became quite personal. After prayer, the young lady testified that she had felt quite anxious when she came into the room, but after prayer she felt a real sense of peace come into her heart - praise the Lord!
After spending a comfortable night at the Oasis, the four were provided with breakfast and went on their way. We were thrilled to see them all return for the Wednesday Evening Programme, where they listened intently while the gospel was preached. They each received copies of the New Testament in Farsi before they left.
Please keep these dear ones and their ongoing situations in your prayers, that they might come to know Jesus as their Messiah, and are able to find a safe place to live and be reunited with their loved ones.