A response to the Refugee Crisis
Following our evening service on Sunday we promised we would put out some extra information regarding the current crisis of displaced people through the Grace blog and social media. Below is a collection of some of the resources available and some helpful things that others have written.
We’ll start with the video we shared in the evening service.
As a reminder, Krish has five suggestions for how we might respond as Christians, one of which we can all do:
- Pray (that’s all of us)
- Connect – those of us with rental properties making them available to local authorities for temporarily housing refugees
- Foster – taking in unaccompanied minors
- Welcome – help and facilitate the inclusion and integration of refugees into our culture
- Give – the money option
Especially welcome I think was the emphasis on looking for long-term sustainable solutions, not just knee-jerk, short-term reactions.
Here are some of the organisations directly involved:
Open Doors – A Christian charity working directly with Christians in some of the areas worst hit by civil war and persecution.
Home For Good – The Christian fostering and adoption charity is working with local authorities to find safe homes for unaccompanied minors.
Tear Fund – working with local churches to provide support for incoming displaced people.
Barnabas Fund – a recently launched initiative working specifically to resettle persecuted Christians.
Then here is a general article run by The Independent on various things people are doing to get involved and help.
I thought it would also be helpful to include a few thought-provoking pieces written in recent days. I’m not sure I’d agree with every line in each of them, but they are all helpful in getting us to think Christianly, compassionately and critically about what is going on…
Here is a post from the Archbishop of Canterbury that lays out the scene.