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Deepening the Dialogue- Resources & Sources: Refugee Crisis

posted 1 Nov 2015, 13:50 by Peter Moore   [ updated 1 Nov 2015, 14:37 ]
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World at War-UNHCR Global Trends. Forced Displacement in 2014
This report was published by The United Nations Refugee Agency.

Finding our Way: Immigrants, Refugees, and Canadian Churches.
This document is produced by The Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) which is focused on strengthening communities through social research. Sam Reimer (Crandall University) is a partner in this project. 

Refugee Highway Partnership
The Refugee Highway Partnership is coordinated by a team of leaders from diverse organisations around the world. Its stated purpose reads: “Because of our God-inspired love for refugees, the biblical mandate to care for the alien, and because of our conviction that we can do this best by collaborating together the Refugee Highway Partnership seeks to create a community that facilitates more effective ministry, stimulates strategic initiatives, envisions and equips the church so that refugee ministries are strengthened and more refugees are served.”

Map of Refugee Highway
This resource is published by the International Association for Refugees which is seeking the welfare of forcible displaced people together with the church.

Refugee Settlement Training Program
This is a handbook on resettlement published by the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program. RSTP is funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and administered by Catholic Crosscultural Services (CCS).


A World in Crisis
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has many eye opening videos on their Youtube channel including this one.

Recently, CNN provided excellent coverage on Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, located in Kenya.

Resources Specific to the Middle East and current Syrian Crisis 

World at Your Door: CBM’S Crisis Intervention
Canadian Baptist Ministries, the national body we belong to, has been working with global partners for many years to help refugees. Here you will find information on some of CBM’S current efforts.

"Lebanese Baptist Speaks to European Christians about Refugee Crisis"
This article addresses a lot of the fears Europeans (and Canadians) have about hosting refugees.

Syrian Journey: Choose Your Own Escape Route"
This was put together by the BBC to emphasize the lack of good choices for refugees. It's in an interactive choose-your-own-adventure format.


Syrian Refugee Crisis
The Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches, the family of Baptist churches that DBC belongs to here in Atlantic Canada, has responded to the Syrian refugee crisis by setting a goal of bringing 50 refugee families to the region. The video on this page shares this challenge.


"Who's Fighting Who in Syria? Explained in 90 Seconds"
This short video is also put together by the BBC, and also focuses on Syria. It gives a good, quick glimpse into just how complicated war can be.


"The European Refugee Crisis and Syria Explained"
This is a 6-minute video giving an overview of the refugee crisis.

Selected Biblical Passages to Consider

Leviticus 19:18, 33-34; 24:22; 25:10

Amos 5:21-25

Isaiah 61:1-2

Luke 4:18-19

Matthew 25:34-40

Galatians 5:1, 13

 James 1:27