Hagar Biblical Story, Genesis 16, 21

The Hebrew name Hagar means “one who flees” or “one who seeks refuge.” The story of Hagar and her son, Ishmael, is the story of millions of exploited, trafficked, disabled and rejected women and children.

In around 2000 BC, Hagar worked in a foreign land as a domestic servant for a rich man called Abraham and his wife Sarah. Sarah was unable to bear children, and so, following a common practice of the time, Sarah offered her servant to Abraham. When Hagar became pregnant, Sarah grew jealous and threw her out of their home. An angel found her alone in the desert. He promised a blessing on her child, naming him Ishmael, which means “God hears”. In response Hagar declared: “You are the One who sees me.”

Hagar returned to Abraham’s household, 14 years later, Sarah bore her own son and again, forced Hagar and Ishmael to leave. They
returned to the desert. God again heard their cries. An angel called to Hagar: “Do not be afraid. God has heard the boy crying.” He reminded Hagar of God’s blessing and provided a spring of water. They survived and prospered. Ishmael sired a great nation as God had promised.
Hagar is found in the stories of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

HAGAR is committed to providing sanctuary and hope to women and children like Hagar and Ishmael, and a journey to wholeness for each one.