What are the views of Evangelical Focus readers on the refugee crisis, marriage, ecumenism, sexual exploitation and the reliability of the Bible? We have selected the answers to some of the questions asked on our website.
So far in 2017, more than 3,000 people have lost their lives trying to reach Europe.
Only 17% of the 160,000 people that the EU pledged to take in have been relocated. Intermon Oxfam has denounced Spain for not fulfilling its quota.
Slovakia and Hungary had challenged the scheme arguing the arrival of asylum seekers is a threat to their societies.
20-25% of undocumented immigrants in the US are evangelicals and many of them are pillars in their churches and communities.
Only 3 people were rescued. The small boat was found four days after it disappeared.
Detained asylum seekers enter hunger strike as President Janos Ader is re-elected. Christian expert Paul Sydnor says new measures only result in people “becoming re-traumatized.”
The EEA joins other 160 civil society organisations in demanding “statesmanship that stands up for humanity and dignity and that addresses people’s fears, instead of fuelling them.”
Anger and fake news are “poisoning society and making it harder to understand what is really going on”, says EEA Socio-political representative Julia Doxat-Purser.
The Italian Evangelical Alliance emphasises the “inherent dignity” of all migrants. Family reunification and integration policies should be implemented.
The number of unaccompanied minors has doubled since 2105, reaching almost 25,000.
A starting point: invite a refugee to go with you to visit a museum, watch a football match, share a meal.
A healthy, informed debate on the role of migration is sadly lacking in Europe. Europeans talk about migration, Africans talk about the diaspora.
The Freedom Party’s candidate, Norbert Hofer, lost for more than 300,000 votes.
“Too often we hide behind our Christian heritage which is somehow only a kind of folk and nominal version of real Christianity”, says Frank Hinkelmann. Evangelicals should not let fear towards foreigners stop their mission.
Minors will be resettled in the UK, Christian organisations participate in the process.
Hundreds have become homeless after the blaze, about 800 sleeping spaces were destroyed. “We are here because of love for them”, Chistian volunteers said.
Riots caused a massive fire in the camp of Moria (4,000 refugees), many tents and prefabricated houses were burnt. Members of NGO Remar: “The situation is chaotic. Most refugees will not have a place to sleep in the next days”.
“Nobody is your friend, nobody can feel what you feel and what you have left behind you… you need ears that listen to you.” M. tells her story as a refugee.
Christian weekly newspaper Uusi Tie (Finland) made a survey of the number of Christian baptisms among the new immigrants in the country.
There were 45 unaccompanied children in one of the rescued boats. “The EU cannot turn its back to the people who risk their lives fleeing from violence, extreme poverty and political persecution.”
Myth: The Bible has little to say about refugees. Reality: The Bible is filled with stories of forcible displacement. God clearly expects his people to love the alien.
What are the challenges and opportunities that come with the arrival of thousands of refugees to Germany? How can we make sure Muslim asylum seekers understand religious freedom? Marcel Fink (S.A.M.) gives some answers. Watch video (5 min).
The survival of the Church today does not depend on Europe. But the survival of Europe as we know it certainly depends on the Church.
The IOM informs that 206,400 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea the first 5 months of 2016. Only from May 25 to June 3, 1,457 are dead or missing.
Christian weekly newspaper Uusi Tie (Finland) made a survey of the number of Christian baptisms among the new immigrants in the country. At least 235 baptisms of new Christians are documented.