Stories from the field

Looking beyond the rubbish

One gospel worker shares how seemingly chance encounters are an opportunity to show Jesus’ cross-cultural love with refugees. When everything from language to customs is foreign, international workers must use every moment they are given to build relationships with refugees. Walking home, John saw him: a young, thin, recyclables-gatherer searching through a rubbish bin for… Read more »

Sharing hope and reconciliation

War, prejudice  and nationalism are barriers to welcoming refugees, but Christians can bring people together and heal despair with the gospel hope. 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… 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 »

Three circles of hope

A Guest Post by gem partner, Don Waybright. We encountered Ahmed at 4 am in the morning as he was chain-smoking his non-filtered cigarette outside the prefabbed building, a former Greek prison block, where he and his family were sleeping in the freezing night with about 100 other people in the same situation. He said… Read more »

Send us Bibles not bombs

When all you ever hear about the Middle East are stories of death, destruction and warfare it can be hard to see where the gospel opportunities lie.  Yet God is work through the violence and causing Muslim people to ask fundamental questions of their faith. The appalling atrocities committed by ISIS are also pointing the… Read more »

Muslim Refugees Find Christ in Greece

As critical needs grow in the global refugee crisis, TEAM missionaries continue to partner with the local church to welcome the nations arriving on their doorsteps. Today we welcome a long-term worker in Greece to give us a snapshot of his work among refugees from the Middle East. Every European country has been impacted to some degree… Read more »