Stories

From ‘Kaffeeklatsch’ to Christ

It is Sunday afternoon in Chemnitz, eastern Germany, and a busy refugee cafe at a local church has just opened its doors for an afternoon of coffees, conversations and Bible-study. Chemnitz has recently been on the news for anti-refugee and immigration protests, but this church is determined to show Jesus’ love and help the newcomers… Read more »

Serving in Lesbos

Rani and Tyler from the United States both spent time in Lesbos, Greece, helping refugees. Rani had already served in Greece during November 2015; he had read lots of media stories about the refugee crisis and the overwhelmed camps and communities unable to cope, but the reality was still shocking. As a native Arabic-speaker, he… Read more »

Aadab’s Story

Today we hear the story of Aadab, a Taliban widow whose life was marked by violence and uncertainty. Through escape, she found a different meaning to the idea of “new life.” Imagine being married to a Taliban fighter — a man of terrifying rapport and horrible violence, a global enemy. This was the dark reality… Read more »

The recyclables-gatherer

When everything from language to customs is foreign, international workers must use seemingly small moments to build relationships with refugees. Below, one worker in Europe shares a story about a young man encountered on the walk home. Walking home, John saw him: a young, thin, recyclables-gatherer searching through a rubbish bin for some paper or… Read more »

God’s welcome to the Foreigner

Countries often hesitate to welcome refugees because of many decades of war and prejudice between people groups. One international worker shares how pastors at an Arab seminary are taking to heart God’s message to welcome the foreigner. Most years, I go to Beirut in June, up to the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, where two of… Read more »

Omar’s Story

Meet Omar, a Gambian refugee currently residing in Barcelona. His journey to Spain is complete, but his spiritual journey is just beginning. Omar grew up in Gambia. He was the son of his father’s second wife, and when he entered adulthood, he realized there would not be enough land for him to live on the… Read more »

Light in Moria

This week, as we identify with the losses our refugee neighbors have faced, one missionary shares a story of hope breaking through in a seemingly hopeless situation. Moria refugee camp in Lesvos, Greece, is an incredibly dark place. Built in a former prison, it has become home to over 6,000 refugees from Syria, Congo, Eritrea,… Read more »

Lines

Lines. Being a fan of amusement parks, I’ve been in some long lines. Once, I waited three hours for a 45-second ride…

Hayk’s Story

Syrian Hayk knows all about being a refugee. In the last 20 years, he has been a failed migrant, a successful voluntary migrant, a deportee and a forced migrant. He has travelled from the north of Syria to Turkey, Greece, Egypt, Cuba, Austria Spain, France, and Belgium all in a desperate attempt to reach the… Read more »

Stef’s Story

Stef lives in a large Middle Eastern city which is also home to around 300,000 migrant domestic workers. They come from all over the poorer parts of the world — places like Bangladesh, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Kenya and many, many other African countries. These workers are extremely vulnerable. No one knows what… Read more »