Archive for the 'refugees' Category

07
Apr
17

God, the Church, Refugees and the Gospel

I’ve recently quoted the following a number of times

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him

Acts 17 26-27

Over a year ago I referred to the above quote when I wrote the following on a Christian forum, in reply to comments about the potential danger of the “flood” of Muslim refugees to the west.

To me it shows that God, not man, is in control of national boundaries. And he will change those boundaries to suit the purposes of His Kingdom and to create conditions conducive to people seeking and potentially finding Him.

That could work in multiple ways including:

1) Moving believers to unbelieving areas to take the gospel where it hasn’t been heard before.

2) Moving unbelievers into an area where they have more chance of hearing the gospel.

3) Moving hostile unbelievers into a lukewarm area where the gospel used to mean something, but doesn’t any more, where what is left of Christian faith will be tested and refined by the influx of those hostile unbelievers.

06
Apr
17

Biblical Response to the Crisis in the Middle East

Biblical Response to the Crisis in the Middle East

What Is a Biblical Response to the Mounting Crisis in the Middle East? // Dalton Thomas from FAI on Vimeo.

 

From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him

 

06
Apr
17

Responding Biblically to the Refugee Crisis

eI consider this video to be one of the most important things I’ve posted on this blog in recent months. It relates to and encapsulates a lot of the concerns I’ve expressed recently about politics and Christian political attitudes; especially regarding the refuge crisis caused by events in the middle east.
Compare the content of this video with today’s all too common rhetoric about refugees.

Responding to the Mounting Refugee Crisis (BONUS FEATURES) from FAI on Vimeo.

From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him

05
Apr
17

Empathy and Evangelism in Days of Crisis, by Dalton Thomas

Empathy and Evangelism in Days of Crisis // Dalton Thomas from FAI on Vimeo.

 

Instead of allowing refugees to be portrayed as a threat to national security – a VERY secular, nationalistic approach; look from the vantage point of the Kingdom of God and the opportunities that are being created:

From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him

 

23
Mar
17

“The scars of mandatory detention”. (from ABC Radio)

Jamila Jafari was 5-years-old when her family, from the minority Hazaras, fled Afghanistan.

They ended up in Woomera detention centre in South Australia. She witnessed one of the most dramatic chapters in Australia’s refugee policy – the 2002 Australia Day riots.

Now 21, Jamila Jafari has told her story in a new book called They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention.

Caution. Parts of the testimony on this audio are very disturbing.

from this link.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/religionandethicsreport/the-scars-of-mandatory-detention/8376414

09
Mar
17

Syrian children undergo trauma and distress.

Syrian children undergo trauma and distress.

 

The Impact of War on Children

28
Feb
17

Refugee Situation: Exposing Human Nature

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These three books show how the current Syrian refugee crisis exposes some the worst aspects of human nature.

Firstly through the HUMAN cause of the crisis: widespread violence against large populations in Syrian cities and towns, inflicted by both governments and extremist groups.

Secondly through the exploitation of those trying to flee to safety. Profiteers charging large fees to “help” people escape to safer locations – but so often sending those trusting in them to their deaths.

Thirdly through vindictive, violent responses to refugees on the road or at sea.

Fourthly the response of people and their governments who close their doors to people in desperate need.

Each of these books give personal stories of the abuses and suffering that lead countless individuals and families to take that last resort of leaving behind everything they’ve known, everything they’ve worked for and often everyone they know (friends and family) in the hope that they’ll find a better life elsewhere.

Hoping that when safety has been reached, they can work to bring their families to join them along a safer road than their own journey.

Despite the horrors, and despite the underlying inhumanity assaulting those seeking safety – those seekers have to draw on those rare human virtues that sometimes arise out of adversity.

In The Morning They Came for Us, Janine Di Giovanni gives a brutal, confronting and uncompromising look at the nature of the Syrian conflict where torture, rape and murder are no less weapons of war than bombs and guns.

This is the background to the millions of refugees who try to escape to safety, the refugees who many in the west (including so-called Christians) are intent to demonise.

 

 

Part of the story of A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming is perhaps better told by the author herself in this video.

 

And the story of Nujeen Mustafa:

 




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