"God has used migration for millennia to achieve his purposes for his people," writes Patrick Johnstone. "He is doing so again in our time."
Millions are on the move, driven by war, drought, terrorism, poverty, failed states, environmental catastrophes, disease, revolutions, and the desire for a better life. Christians have a unique perspective on the migrant crisis: after all, Jesus was a refugee. So were Abraham, Joseph, and Moses.
Today, some turn their backs on refugees. In Serving God in a Migrant Crisis, Patrick Johnstone and Dean Merrill help us understand what's causing today's refugee crisis, explore Christian theology and tradition on migration, and show us how Christian workers around the globe are opening their hearts to embrace these modern outcasts.
"The world has literally come to our doorstep," they write. "Will we open the door?"
"In Serving God in a Migrant Crisis, Patrick Johnstone and Dean Merrill step into the fray with the open hands of practical help. They grapple with controversial questions, wrestle with relevant biblical texts, present compelling data, and offer tangible ideas for getting involved. They are noble and trustworthy guides."
Foreword by Stephan Bauman: The People Behind the Headlines
Introduction: The Immigrant in the Mirror
Part I: What's Going On
1. A Human Tide
2. How Do You Feel about Immigrants?
3. No End in Sight
Part II: What To Know
4. Why People Run
5. Jesus Was a Refugee
6. Policies or People?
7. The Blessings of Immigration
Part III: What To Do
8. Where to Start
9. Action Level One: What Individuals Can Do
10. Action Level Two: What Local Churches Can Do
11. Action Level Three: What Christian Agencies Can Do
12. Action Level Four: What the Global Body of Christ Can Do
Conclusion: For Such a Time as This