Ministry among Refugees

Issue #44

Editorial

In recent years I have been shocked, as I imagine many of you have, by media images of desperate citizens fleeing the conflicts that are tearing their countries apart. It seemed like an endless tide of suffering humanity whose only hope was to try to find a safe haven in another country.

Many of our WEC workers live in countries, including Australia, which receive refugees. As they witnessed the needs of those who seek life in a new country, they were moved by God’s love to help. There isn’t room to tell all the ways our workers have been, and still are, involved; but the stories here will give you a glimpse of how God is using them and working out his purposes. From meeting basic needs to teaching English, WECers are bringing hope, helping to rebuild lives and assisting people to re-settle in new homes.

As Christians in Australia it is important to know how God would have us respond to the asylum seeker/refugee crisis. Patrick Johnstone, author of Serving God in a Migrant Crisis, brings us an opinion piece on the subject. Titled, ‘Crisis or Opportunity’, it is a challenge for us to consider the issue more deeply and what God would have us do. While you might not agree with all he writes, I hope it will encourage you to consider your position on the issue and to pray that those who find refuge in our country will come to know Jesus.

Denise Rhodes, Editor

Crisis or opportunity

It’s become a political hot potato across the world. The flood of refugees from one country to another polarises populations; even Christians. High walls, navies and harsh legislation will not stop the flow.

articles in this issue

The compassion of Jesus compels us

“We must do something! The compassion of Jesus compels us!” In the previous few…

Refugees and real life

As conditions in his country worsened due to civil war, Brother E fled with his…

Crisis or opportunity

It’s become a political hot potato across the world. The flood of refugees from…

My Australian neighbours

Initial activities included sessions of English conversation and reading. One…

Worldview students ministering to…

In 2009 a Worldview staff member met a family of four at the airport. They were…

Here to stay

I never imagined I’d live in Tasmania, but I am so excited about this adventure…

My next steps

I never imagined I’d live in Tasmania, but I am so excited about this adventure…

Music, drama and art start…

I recently had the privilege of embarking on a whirlwind tour of Western Asia…