God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1 NIV

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Refuge and Strength

Foreign nationals, who fear persecution, who are at serious risk of harm and who cannot get protection in their own country often seek refuge in Canada. People who are recognized as refugees are allowed to stay in Canada and may apply for permanent residence status, and eventually may apply to become Canadian citizens. The Refugee Protection Division of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) is an independent tribunal that will make a determination as to whether the applicant will receive refugee status.


One of our ministry partners was recently in the direct line of a tornado. He had just built a new home, and because of where he lives, the pantry off the kitchen is made of concrete and doubles as a tornado shelter. The whole family gathered there as the tornado warning sounded. It missed them by about a mile, but they were so glad they had a place of refuge. If we need those safe places in a physical sense, how much more do we need a spiritual one. Storms of life come our way far too often. It can be family crisis, a financial emergency, a wayward child, a life-threatening illness or the loss of a loved one. Where do run for refuge at a time like that? King David answers that question in Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” The Lord knows that we face opposition and pain on a regular basis. It often comes roaring like a tornado. He is always available for us to run to. If you are follower of Jesus, when life gets rough turn to Jesus. He is the only place of refuge and safety.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley