June 18 through 24, 2017 was Refugee Week, a time when people and organisations around the world reflected on the plight of refugees and how they can lovingly respond. St. Mary’s District Baptist Church used the time to reflect on the “principles that God gave the nation of Israel, the principles for the people of God in their attitude to the foreigner. These principles were given to ensure that the foreigner was not oppressed, to allow the foreigner to be a part of the community and to actively show love to him or her.”
St. Mary’s District Baptist Church then took the time to interview a Syrian Muslim refugee, learning about his own struggles and experiences. He is an experienced doctor who is now working in a hospital far beneath his knowledge and experience so that he can support himself and his family in Turkey. He is living with a family from the church and that family spoke of their own journey in learning about the plight of refugees around the world and how God changed their attitudes around, thinking on, and response to the issue.
Thank you to St. Mary’s District Baptist Church and Interim Pastor, Tony Calman, for sharing this story. Refugee Week may be over but your church can still raise awareness and get involved in this important issue. Visit https://ajustcause.com.au/refugee/ to access resources.