Asylum Seekers and refugees are people who have fled their homes because they no longer feel safe, to find refuge somewhere else. The Church gets the issue of asylum seekers and refugees wrong when we treat it as a simple issue with simple solutions, or as though it is a national issue not a global issue, or a global issue not a local issue. We get this issue wrong when we forget that the asylum seeker or refugee is our neighbour, who we are called to love.

Jesus makes this issue right by providing safety, and citizenship in heaven, for anyone who seeks refuge in him.

HEAD // GOD’S STORY

The Bible is the story of God acting to rescue people from sin and death when they call out to him for help. It is the story of God creating a nation of people who were meant to be a refuge for people, providing a place where God dwelled to guarantee security and love for those who flee death. God provides this place at the Cross, where Jesus dies to offer a means to escape death and judgment, and an invitation to become citizens of his Kingdom.

READ HOW GOD’S STORY HELPS US THINK ABOUT ASYLUM SEEKERS AND REFUGEES

 

HEART // PEOPLE’S STORIES

Watch Ishmael, A Refugee Story.

Read Sam Freney’s An Offering to Boat People

Watch Dave Miers’ Living with Asylum Seekers