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Stories - Baptists responding to the Refugee Crisis

Recent events surrounding the refugee crisis across Europe have affected us all in many ways.  It is encouraging to learn of the generous response of many Baptists to this current crisis, but we also recognise those churches who have been working with refugees for many years, and rejoice with them as they witness lives being changed through the good news of Jesus Christ.  These examples of radical discipleship are an inspiration to us all.
If you have a story to tell of how you and/or your church are responding to the refugee crisis, please click the button on the right and get in touch with us.

Citizens UK223 'Show Britain is a country of welcome' - Citizens UK launches campaign urging the Home Secretary to extend the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme
Hostile Environment logo223 'End hostile environment policies'  - A group of churches launch campaign to challenge the government’s approach to illegal immigration
HBCfamily223 Welcoming Iranian asylum seekers - Minister Jonathan Keyworth shares how life at Heywood Baptist Church, Greater Manchester, has been transformed     
R2C2 223 'Will make a huge difference' - The 'most comprehensive resource for churches yet produced on refugee and asylum issues' has launched
Paynter Calais Dunkirk Migrancy and the UK: three areas to consider - Baptist theologian Helen Paynter offers points for reflection that may help broaden our understanding
Refugee resources Commemorating lives lost on way to safety - A day of prayer for refugees who have died on their journey to find a dignified life in Europe
NBA A Safe Haven - Stockton Baptist Church is offering a loving welcome to asylum seekers and refugees in Stockton on Tees.  With videos from the Northern Baptist Association
Calais223 A new jungle? - Refugees remain in Calais, despite last year's clearing of the camp there - and conditions are worse than before. By Simon Jones
Olton223 Our church’s work with refugees and asylum seekers - Olton Baptist Church in has been intentionally helping asylum seekers and refugees for six years. This is its story
Moving Stories 223 Engage theologically with refugee crisis - A new Baptist resource aimed at helping individuals and groups to reflect theologically about the refugee and migration crisis has been released
Resettling Syrian refugees223 Limitless Resources in Christ - A minister whose church is exploring housing a refugee family reflects
calais child223 We listened, we talked and we cried…. - Leeds-based Baptist minister Graeme Dodds writes about his life-changing visit to the refugees in the “Jungle”, Calais
Croatia223 Challenges, blessings - Baptists in Europe and the Middle East are seeing an 'incredible spiritual harvest' – alongside a sense of anger, and of being overwhelmed
Child calais223 New sponsorship scheme for refugees - Baptists are being encouraged to participate in new Government initiatives to support people seeking refuge in the UK
Child calais223 The children stranded in Calais - There are 750 unaccompanied children in the Calais Jungle. Surely more can be done to help these most vulnerable of people
Aleppo woman223 Ruth + Naomi: a contemporary re-telling?  - The story of Naomi and Ruth is being lived by many women today – but with an uncertain ending
Refugeegirl223 'I will shake all nations'  - How Baptists are responding to the refugee crisis was a key session at the 2016 Baptist Assembly
StocktonTab1 223 Reaching refugees and asylum seekers in Teesside - Welcoming the stranger has taken on an urgent meaning for Stockton Baptist Tabernacle, which has witnessed over 100 baptisms in 18 months
Refugee conference223 Coventry Refugee Conference - Baptists from across the country gathered at Queen's Road Baptist Church, Coventry, for a one day conference of sharing, listening and praying about how they are responding to the growing refugee crisis (report from Premier)
Refugee boat223 Theresa May: 'Settle more refugees' - Four UK churches write to the Home Secretary asking her to offer sanctuary to more people in need
LynnCalais Lynn Green urges churches to action on Calais - Following her recent visit to Calais, Lynn encourages Baptists to speak up for justice for refugees.
Refugees Refugee Response Conference - We will be holding a conference on Tuesday 5 April at Queen's Road Baptist Church, Coventry for anyone who is involved in responding to the refugee crisis.


Landmark judgment for Calais refugees - Campaigners celebrate landmark court judgment that could yet see dozens stuck in Calais being allowed to join UK-based relatives

Croatia 223

Divided by borders, united by purpose - More than half a million refugees have entered Croatia, and Baptists have been part of the response, writes Elvis D┼żafic

Jungle camp223

From Haworth to Calais - How West Lane Baptist Church in Haworth, West Yorkshire and its community are helping refugees in Calais

Embrace - feed a family 223

'Christians would help Syrian refugees' - More than four in five churchgoers would personally help Syrian refugees this Christmas, a survey finds
Calais223 Reflections from the Jungle - A sobering day in Calais leaves a Baptist minister lamenting our indifference and resolved to lobby the Government
Westgate223 Newcastle community comes together to offer refugees a helping hand - Westgate Baptist Church held a drop-in activity day for refugees and asylum seekers (Newcastle Evening Chronicle)
Jungle camp223 Anger at Calais camp conditions - Baptist minister speaks of frustration about the impasse that surrounds those living in the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais


Resettlement Board meets - Baptists joined with people from across the spectrum of civil society to participate in the inaugural meeting of the National Refugee Resettlement Board in London
The European Baptist Federation Council's resolution on the Refugee/Migrant crisis - The European Baptist Federation Council produced the following resolution after meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria 23-26 September
BoazTrust223 Spotlight on asylum seekers - The founder of a Christian organisation serving destitute asylum seekers shares insights into the UK's response to the refugee crisis
EdwardDima223 Responding to war and the refugee crisis - Baptist responses to the multiple challenges of war, violent persecution, and the refugee/migrant crisis


Baptists join Refugee Welcome Board - As the refugee crisis deepens, Baptist involvement continues to grow


Baptists join call for a co-ordinated response to refugee crisis - and local church members encouraged to add support to Citizens UK's case for a Refugee Welcome and Resettlement Board 
Welcome Baptists offer 250 bed spaces for Syrian refugees in just over one week 
Hungary refugee223 Baptists aid refugees in Europe - The Baptist World Alliance sends funds to Hungarian Baptists, plus updates from Germany and Sweden
Syria refugees223 Responding to the refugee crisis - different ways Christians can respond to the worsening refugee crisis 
BMS BMS World Mission is supporting partners working with migrants and refugees not only in Syria and Lebanon, but Iraq, Italy, Thailand and South Sudan.
Austria A Baptist church planter in Austria has detailed the short and long term response of Austrians, including those from his church, to the crisis 
ChristianToday More than 9,000 people have volunteered to foster refugee and migrant children fleeing the crisis in the Middle East. Story from Christian Today.
KrishVideo A short film highlighting how many biblical characters were refugees, and outlining five practical responses has been circulated by Krish Kandiah, member of the leadership team at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Thame and founder of Home for Good. 
GuardianThame Cornerstone Baptist Church in Thame discusses ways to respond to the crisis - featured in The Guardian.
NBA Christians in the North East have issued a statement and prayer in response to the refugee crisis. Signatories include two Baptist regional ministers.
Minchinhampton Minchinhampton Baptist Church members pledge to offer hospitality to refugees - Story from the Stroud News Journal
StHelens Baptist church to open doors for prayers following refugee crisis - Story from the St Helens Star
ThomasKlammt Thomas Klammt, coordinator of international churches for the German Baptist Union, discusses the refugee crisis and Germany's response in a new Ethics Daily video interview
Calais223 Understanding Calais - it’s been the focus of much coverage this summer – but beyond the headlines, what’s life like for those living in the Calais 'Jungle'? A number of Baptist Christians visit.
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Stockton Baptist Church is offering a loving welcome to asylum seekers and refugees in Stockton on Tees
     Refugee Crisis 
    Posted: 07/06/2017