Refugees: The Warp and Weft of Life (Part 2)

The first blog of this series introduced the plight of more than 65 million people displaced by conflict or natural disaster. They come from all over the world–third and even first-world nations, with stories of horrific persecution. Frequently, their most basic need is to tell their story. Their greatest hope lies in the capacity of […]

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The Warp and Weft of Life: Replacing Fear with Hope

An insistent heavy-handed hammering startles you awake as your heart jumps to the beat of the battering of the door.  “They’ve finally come. We must flee now!” you whisper frantically to your wife and children. “Wake up,” you whisper. “Put your shoes on. Leave everything else. We must go.”  As you tie the last shoelace, […]

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Refugees: People who care can help

A farmer flees his land for the safety of a nearby city, driven out by insurgents who are killing his neighbors and trying to recruit one of his sons as a child soldier, living in a tent with his wife and five children, and now about to face a harsh winter. How can they find […]

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The Anatomy of a Crisis: Syrian Refugees

For months, the Syrian refugee crisis has been in the news. Unfortunately, while attention to this disaster seems to be waning a bit from main-stream culture, the monstrous disaster continues, with little sign of abating soon. If progress is to be made, it is critical to understand the source or and nature of this catastrophe […]

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The Anatomy of a Crisis: Rohingya Refugees

Over the past several months, one of the largest refugee crises in history has emerged among the Rohingya peoples from the country of Myanmar. More than 600,000 have fled their homeland to find refuge in Bangladesh. It is a very complicated situation and with no simple answers. Here’s a brief look at the origin of […]

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Perfect love casts out fear

Any conversation about refugees, particularly within the borders of the USA, is typically met with legitimate concerns. However, those concerns can easily and unnecessarily conflate into fear, thus distorting the conversation and the reality of refugees and resettlement. As Christians, though, we should be and are called to be a people of faith–not a people […]

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Be Informed: Refugee Resources

The magnitude of the refugee crisis can seem daunting and it’s easy to feel powerless against such a colossal situation. However, I’ve always believed that power emanates from knowledge, which is why I’m sharing with you some of my favorite resources for understanding refugees and refugee work around the world. The more I learn, the […]

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3 Biblical Reasons to Care for Refugees

So, as Christ-followers and God-worshippers, why should we be concerned about refugees – those around the world and those even in our back yard here in the USA? Here are a few simple reasons… 1. IT’S THE BIBLICAL THING TO DO Refugees are seen all throughout the Bible although called by different names. Usually they […]

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The refugee crisis is not going away.

It may seem to have slipped from the headlines, but the refugee crisis is not going away. In fact, it’s getting worse. Today, there are over 65 million people worldwide who have been forcibly displaced. In other words, they have been made to leave their homes. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) is […]

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Dive deeper into development: a recommended reading list

If you’ve read posts about community development on the BGR Blog and want to dive deeper, look no further. CEO Jeff Palmer has compiled a list of recommended reading. Have you read other books on these topics? Tell us in the comments below! Refugees Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis By […]

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