Refugees

Immigration, the Bible, and the Church: Interview with Matthew Soerens

Perhaps now, more than ever, we need balanced discourse on the issues that divide our nation. Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang Yang, both employees of World Relief, have added a book to that discourse, Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion &…

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Different Cultures, Same Desire

The repurposed wood was the first thing that stuck out to me as I walked into the church. A greeter said “hello” as she handed me a bulletin, but didn’t ask my name or give hers. I sat in a…

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Changing Landscapes

The sky is deep blue, and the lake is calm and waveless—flat as a piece of glass for as far as the eye can see. The expanse of the horizon melts into the largeness of the blue of the water….

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Responsibility of Listening

The first day of math class in my junior year of high school, Mr. Henderson told us to sit in alphabetical order, by last name. The boy who sat in front of me was new. A sophomore. Foreign, but I…

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In God’s Hands

There were small miracles along the way. Like the church lady who, just one day after I’d written a list of items my dying neighbor might need, asked if I knew anybody who could use an easy chair. The list…

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The Unseen Life of Refugees in Greece

Sitting on the floor of my Afghan friend’s small apartment, our mouths watered as the smells of turmeric and basmati rice covered in hot oil and salt floated from Masuma’s kitchen. Stuck in a never-ending game of UNO with her…

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Living Among the Refugees

Refugees immigrating to America have a long road before feeling like they belong. I remember that feeling of not belonging, even though I was never a refugee.   Some of my first memories are from a refugee camp. When I…

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Looking for Freedom and Security

Growing up as the daughter of immigrants I often heard stories of how and why my parents made their way to the U.S. I was fascinated by the sense of adventure with which my dad would tell us about escaping…

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Be Not Afraid

We don’t know quite what else to do We have all our beliefs But we don’t want our beliefs God of peace, We want you. –Aaron Weiss   I have irrational fears.   They used to be small–pumping my own…

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Life in Za’atari: One Month in a Refugee Camp

I remember seeing the images, pictures of children covered in dust, debris, and blood. The 2015 photograph of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi, who drowned during his family’s flight to Europe, left me devastated. More photographs followed, images of devastation…

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