"God has used migration for millennia to achieve his purposes for his people," writes Patrick Johnstone. "He is doing so again in our time."
Millions are on the move, driven by war, drought, terrorism, poverty, failed states, environmental catastrophes, disease, revolutions, and the desire for a better life. Christians have a unique perspective on the migrant crisis: after all, Jesus was a refugee. So were Abraham, Joseph, and Moses.
Today, some turn their backs on refugees. In Serving God in a Migrant Crisis, Patrick Johnstone and Dean Merrill help us understand what's causing today's refugee crisis, explore Christian theology and tradition on migration, and show us how Christian workers around the globe are opening their hearts to embrace these modern outcasts.
"The world has literally come to our doorstep," they write. "Will we open the door?"
About the Author
Patrick Johnstone has informed and inspired a generation of Christian workers with his Operation World books, which have sold 2.5 million copies. He lives in Cambridgeshire, England, where he serves as a regional director for WEC International's European bases. His most recent book is The Future of the Global Church.
Dean Merrill has written or cowritten more than forty books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire (with Jim Cymbala) and Too Small to Ignore (with Wess Stafford). He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Stephan Bauman lives to see people everywhere rise to the biblical call of love and justice. He served as president and CEO of World Relief, an international relief and development organization serving more five million vulnerable people each year. He is the author of Possible: A Blueprint for Changing How We Change the World, Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis, and Break Open the Sky: Saving our Faith from a Culture of Fear.
Table of Contents
Foreword Stephan Bauman: The People Behind the Headlines 1
Introduction: The Immigrant in the Mirror 7
Part 1 What's Going On
1 A Human Tide 13
2 How Do You Feel about Immigrants? 21
3 No End in Sight 33
Part 2 What To Know
4 Why People Run 43
5 Jesus Was a Refugee 53
6 Policies or People? 61
7 The Blessings of Immigration 69
Part 3 What To Do
8 Where to Start 81
9 Action Level One: What Individuals Can Do 97
10 Action Level Two: What Local Churches Can Do 103
11 Action Level Three: What Christian Agencies Can do 117
12 Action Level Four: What the Global Body of Christ Can Do 125
Conclusion: For Such a Time as This 131
What People are Saying About This
"In Serving God in a Migrant Crisis, Patrick Johnstone and Dean Merrill step into the fray with the open hands of practical help. They grapple with controversial questions, wrestle with relevant biblical texts, present compelling data, and offer tangible ideas for getting involved. They are noble and trustworthy guides."