According to the UNHCR, there are 22.5 million refugees worldwide. Twenty-two million people who have been forcibly displaced from their neighbourhoods, communities, familiarities and comforts – often carrying emotional trauma that is far heavier than the bags on their backs. What do these people need? How should we respond to them?
We have a unique and incredible opportunity, right now in history, to respond to the stranger, foreigner and refugee the way Jesus would have us do. Will we welcome him in, offer him water and give him rest from his troubles? Or will we hide and shun that which we we do not understand? Is this man, woman or child created in the same image of God as we are? Do they have a greater or lesser value than ourselves?
On the Refugee DTS, you will gain a greater perspective of your neighbour. From workshops to films, practical serving and community engagement to input from experienced missionaries and aid workers, expect to have your mind and heart challenged and be moved to respond.
Example Refugee Response features include:
- Addressing topics such as worldview, world religions, trauma and cross-cultural communication.
- Cultural celebration through events and hospitality.
- Input from global refugee aid workers.
- Engagement with refugees in both local and global communities.