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  • Venezuelans, fleeing tumult, to find aid on a mountain

    by Grace Thornton, posted Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (one month ago)

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    CÚCUTA, Colombia (BP) -- When Nelson Martínez' father died this summer, Martínez inherited a piece of property half a day up the mountain from his hometown of Cúcuta, Colombia. The property sits at 10,000 feet at the top of a cold, often rainy mountain pass. Every day several hundred ill-prepared Venezuelans walk over it on their way to try to find food, work and medicine in a new land.

    Some have died of hypothermia. All are desperate.

    Martínez, who has been serving as a pastor in Houston, Texas, feels like he inherited the property at just the right time to aid the masses fleeing Venezuela's economic collapse. Read More

  • Refugee simulation brings 'chaos' to life

    by Myriah Snyder, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Myriah Snyder
    DALLAS (BP) -- Personal belongings are confiscated, and a participant is stripped of his or her individuality. They become a number. Government workers with stern faces instruct them to face forward. No talking. They're ushered through a curtain and instructed to write down the names of four loved ones. These are the people they may take with them. No further instruction is given.

    During this refugee camp simulation, participants are to grab three items from buckets. They haven't been told why. No one tells them where they're going. Harshly, they're ushered from station to station. A guard with a military uniform and a bat is speaking a foreign language. One participant starts to ask questions. She's taken away from the group. At the medical station, they're checked for lice. At the food station they're informed they must eat. They may not have another chance to for days. Read More

  • Middle Eastern couple 'lost everything,' gained Christ

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Tuesday, May 01, 2018 (7 months ago)

    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Alvaro and Haya Altaras* know what it's like to be homeless and to lose everything they own.

    The Middle Eastern natives had to leave the country where they were born several years ago due to civil war. They went across the border and became refugees living in Jordan.

    But that was really a new beginning.

    "I lost everything, but I gained what I needed most -- Jesus Christ," Altaras shared during an April 5 chapel service for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board staff in Franklin, Tenn. Read More

  • Refugee women persevere amid peril, harsh conditions

    by Dave Arden & Pat Centner, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (10 months ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- For more than 7 million Africans forced to flee their warfare-stricken homelands, "home" has become a refugee camp where many wait year after year in hopes of a better life.

    Bamurange and Esther are two such women who survived the Great African War, one of numerous conflicts that have plagued the continent. Braving nearly two decades in separate refugee camps, they now have settled in Arizona, safe from the conflict that claimed an estimated 2 million lives and displaced 2 million from their homes. Read More

  • Churches, ministry groups serve refugees fleeing Irma

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Kristen Lowry
    CLARKSTON, Ga. (BP) -- Following more than 24 hours of travel from West Palm Beach, Fla., a group of Syrian refugees finally made it to the Send Relief hub at Clarkston International Bible Church (CIBC) in Clarkston, Ga. The eight families had fled from the civil war in Syria. Now, they were on the run from Hurricane Irma.

    After scrambling to leave in the early-morning hours of Sept. 7, the families did not arrive until after 4:30 a.m. the next day. Read More

  • MOVIES: Refugee farmers & a dying church intersect

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, August 25, 2017 (one year ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- Sometimes, love is signified through fervent prayer for others. Other times, it is expressed through sacrifice and deeds. "All Saints, " which premieres today (Aug. 25) in theaters nationwide, demonstrates the need for all three of these expressions of spiritual love.

    Especially in the context of the refugees we see on the news and read about so often these days.

    The faith-based drama is based on the true story of an Episcopalian priest ordered by ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Your newly arrived refugee neighbors

    by Terry Sharp, posted Monday, August 07, 2017 (one year ago)

    Terry Sharp of the International Mission Board sets forth practical ways Christ-followers and their churches can help refugees who arrive in the U.S. with little more than they can carry. Read More

  • New refugees welcomed by churches poised to help

    by Tobin Perry, posted Wednesday, July 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Refuge Ministry
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Ibrahim was clearly puzzled by the hospitality of the American Christians who had shown him such love and care during his short time in the United States.

    "Why do you treat us better than our own people?" Ibrahim asked during a Thanksgiving meal last year hosted by Refuge Louisville, a ministry that equips local churches to minister to refugees. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The nations next door

    by Terry Sharp, posted Friday, April 28, 2017 (one year ago)

    The nations of the world are "all around us," Terry Sharp writes of immigrants, refugees and international students in America's cities, "but sometimes we don't see them because we aren't looking for them." Reaching them, he writes, "makes strategic, missiological sense." Read More