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Responding to Refugees

How to be a church of refugees welcoming refugees

Krish Kandiah

The refugee crisis has presented the issue of displaced children, who have found themselves on their own and without their parents in a strange land. How can the church help? Here is some advice.

Refugees are nothing new, and in the Bible there are many, many figures who are refugees, including Jesus himself, when he had to flee to Egypt at a young age. Ultimately we are also refugees.

The response to the refugee crisis for the Church means practical action. Here are five steps that Home for Good’s Krish Kandiah, describes in the video above, complete with associated web links:

1. Pray

Pray that God will work through governments and change circumstances. Also pray for wisdom, clarity and drive.
Visit 24/7 Prayer.

2. Connect

Some of us have rental property that we can make available to the local council for the housing and resettling of refugees.
Visit Citizens UK.

3. Foster

It’s a hugely challenging, but rewarding step. Fostering helps unaccompanied minors, fleeing from terrible crises. It may be for a short time, until more permanent arrangements are made, but it could help save a life.
Visit Home for Good.

4. Welcome

When refugees arrive in our cities, towns and villages we need to be ready to welcome them into our churches. We need to be able to integrate them so they don’t feel isolated. Remember our statuses as refugees. Let’s give them the wrap-around support they need.

5. Give

There are organisations already working with refugees who need financial support. They are currently working on the ground providing supplies, help and resources to folk in Syria
Give to Open Doors, or Drop Inn.

Psalm 82 (ESV)

God has taken his place in the divine council;
in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
2 “How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
they walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6 I said, “You are gods,
sons of the Most High, all of you;
7 nevertheless, like men you shall die,
and fall like any prince.”

8 Arise, O God, judge the earth;
for you shall inherit all the nations!