What can Herrnhut teach us about how God can use refugee settlements?

Recent world events cause me to look at Herrnhut through new eyes.  I’ve always known it as the German village where they had a 100 year prayer meeting that launched the first Protestant missions movement in history.  This sleepy little town rocked the nations.

Off we go to Herrnhut!
Off we go to Herrnhut!
The view of Herrnhut from the prayer tower.
The view of Herrnhut from the prayer tower.

But I’ve never thought of it as the settlement of Moravian refugees, fleeing religious persecution.  They found shelter and welcome with Count Zinzendorf, and in the context of this idyllic German countryside they build a new life, a new community.  A life and community that looked beyond it’s own needs and set it’s heart on sharing the shelter and welcome of the Gospel to lands and peoples far beyond them.

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