The world’s refugee population is large – 22.5 million refugees and 2.8 million asylum seekers at the end of 2016 – and growing. The international community has promised them protection but has failed to back up its promise, offering insufficient support to those countries that host large numbers of refugees, and insufficient opportunities for refugees to resettle elsewhere. Our resources will help your church cut through the myths and fears that often surround discussion of refugees to understand the global context, the part Australia should play, to extend care to refugees in your community and to advocate for more just and compassionate policies.
Book us to run an interactive workshop that will explode the myths and explore the realities around refugees and asylum seekers and identify a biblically shaped way forward.
BOUNDLESS PLAINS BOOK & STUDY GUIDE
A short book that covers everything you need to know to make sense of & respond to the global refugee crisis. Small group discussion guide included.
In an age of border crossings, Scott Higgins’ timely book is a powerful antidote to all the myths we hear and read about refugees. It counters the fear-mongering and common lies with a concise, clear-headed, authoritative analysis of the evolution and current shape of the refugee crisis. He explains why our international response is failing and how a Godly view can bring about global transformation. It is critical reading for anyone seeking an honest understanding of the crisis today facing the most vulnerable people on the planet.
Rev. Tim CostelloMORE
Find out if there are refugee communities in your area and what their needs are. A good place to start is with the list of service providers available from the Department of Social Services (link below).
HOLD A FUNDRAISER
Your research should reveal any opportunities to donate funds or goods to refugee service providers. You might also consider raising funds for Baptcare Victoria’s asylum seeker housing project or Baptist World Aid Australia’s work with Burmese refugees in Malaysia and Syrian refugees in the Middle East.
Many refugee services need volunteers to assist them. Check out the providers in your area and the Department of Social Security guidelines on what forms of support are required.
ESTABLISH A HOUSE OF HOPE
Houses of Hope is an exciting community-based response to the critical shortage of housing for people seeking asylum living in our community. A church makes a house available for use in the Houses of Hope program, a refugee or asylum seeker family are placed in it. The church provides the family with loving community while Baptcare Victoria provides the professional support services refugees require. At present available only in Victoria
VISIT YOUR MP
The international protection system for protecting refugees is breaking down. We encourage you to take a delegation from your church – 3-4 people is a good size – to discuss with your MP what Australia can do to make sure the international protection system will work for refugees.
1. Fill in the form below to let us know you plan to visit and so we can discover the best ways to help you.
2. Order copies of “Boundless Plains to Share” for everyone in your delegation and ask them to read it. This will provide a helpful framework for understanding the issues.
3. Call the office of your MP to arrange a meeting date and time.
4. Liaise with us to arrange a date (or dates) for a web conference with your delegation to answer any questions you might have and to guide you through the process of meeting with your MP.