What our Afghan friends need right now

Yesterday I wrote about where the battle for Afghanistan was lost. I argued that the fate of the Afghan people was sealed at Doha when the US signed a deal with the Taliban. Consider the impact of that.  The people knew well what a return of the Taliban would mean: torture, rape, slavery, death.  Yet… Continue reading What our Afghan friends need right now

Is your church Afghan ready?

In Exodus 23:9, Moses says to the people of Israel: 9 “You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt” An extended version of this principle  is found in Deuteronomy 26:5-11 when Moses describes the festival to be observed when the people enter… Continue reading Is your church Afghan ready?

How do we respond to the Afghan tragedy?

The reports coming out of Afghanistan are heart-breaking as we see the Taliban return to power in Kabul 20 years after the Afghan war that followed the 911 terror attacks.  We don’t need to second guess what Taliban rule will involve because we have been there before. Taliban rule meant

Pastoring Asylum Seekers

One of the privileges I had serving in an urban multicultural context was the opportunity to pastor asylum seekers and other immigrants seeking leave to remain.  As well as those with what you might call fairly conventional asylum claims and those who were primarily economic migrants we also saw a number of people who were… Continue reading Pastoring Asylum Seekers

Welcoming Refugees – The extra mile

There were about 35,000 asylum seekers who came to the UK last year. Some of them will have ended up at churches, some because they were Christians, whether nominally or as heart believers. Others will have come looking for help, advice, practical support  and ESOL classes. Some will have been avoided to kids clubs Toddlers… Continue reading Welcoming Refugees – The extra mile

Refugees – Blessing or burden?

Thinking back to a conversation I had with two other Christians about the Home Office’s approach to processing asylum claims, I was struck again by how much our perception of the asylum system is shaped by our view of asylum seekers themselves. If I think that asylum seekers are very likely to be fake, just… Continue reading Refugees – Blessing or burden?