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.
We long for the day when those who come to our shores for safety are welcomed with the kindness and compassion that Jesus teaches.
We believe that Australia is called to be a generous nation, embracing people who have had to flee their home country.
The world is facing the worst displacement of people crisis in its history. Driven by ongoing and new conflicts, political oppression and insecurity, more than 100 million people across the planet have been forced to flee their homes because they are in fear of being persecuted.
Displacement has been increasing year on year, spurred by disruption in countries including Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Australia has been acting. We’ve increased our humanitarian intake and offered a pathway to resettlement for thousands of people seeking asylum in Australia who faced an uncertain future. However, in the face of this crisis where millions of women, children and men have no safe refuge, we know that there is far more our nation can and should do to express our values of justice, generosity and compassion.
We look forward to working with you to see Australia embrace people seeking asylum with open hearts and open arms.
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.