Betelhem Tibebu is from Ethiopia and came to Australia in 2013 by boat. Here she shares her story and encourages us to respond with compassion, love and welcome to those seeking safety on our shores.
As a Common Grace community, we believe that Australia is called to be a generous nation. We long for the day when those who come to our shores for safety are welcomed with that kindness and compassion that the Bible teaches.
Common Grace celebrates the many initiatives seeking justice for asylum seekers and refugees that Christians in Australia are engaged in, including: providing resources and information on the issue; leading our churches in prayer; making public statements that call on our leaders to act justly; public marches for solidarity; arrestable prayer vigils in politicians' offices; and practical campaigns that source and distribute daily necessities for those in detention and on Temporary Protection Visas.
We firmly believe that all these initiatives have a place in our current political and social landscape, and encourage all Christians to pray and advocate as the Lord leads them.
Together, we believe that we can contribute a voice that sounds MORE LIKE JESUS to our nation's public conversation on asylum seekers, as we imagine and nurture a more generous Australia.
Christians in particular have reason to keep talking about refugees given the Bible has much to say on this issue. Dr Ebony Birchall reflects on a new book 'Refuge Reimagined'.
Brooke Prentis invites us to confront injustice and fear with welcome and love.
Sally Staley invites us to welcome through sharing and creating with food, family, and friendship.