You're Not Wanted Here!

Carolyn and Dick Otterness

READ : Micah 6:6-8

. . . what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (v. 8)

A Roma camp of 15 families in Hungary was accosted by a drunk and nasty man. They were to be evicted immediately. He said the nearby shopping center would be expanding. Many suspected the real reason was the Roma were not wanted. They had lived in this vacant lot for 15 years. Some paid rent. Their houses were only shanties with no water or toilets. Sometimes townspeople drove by, throwing garbage into the camp. They said, “Roma are dirty people anyway.”

This Roma group was very agitated and afraid. Karolina, a member of the Reformed Church in Hungary, helped organize a team working with the Roma, the town, and the courts to delay the eviction. They developed a plan for this group to build houses on their own land. Because people are following the biblical instructions “to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with their God,” these Roma are learning valuable lessons in team work. More than this, they can live with hope and dignity, knowing God cares for them even in the face of injustice and fear.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, help us to be brave in the face of injustice, to show kindness to all, even people who make us uncomfortable, and to always be humble. Amen.