taking the words of Jesus seriously


Many of us saw the picture of a little, lifeless, three year-old Syrian boy named Aylan washed up on a Mediterranean beach.  What we saw broke our hearts.


It also forced me to ask some basic questions.


How did this “refugee crisis” come to be?


Who are the human beings caught in the wake of this trauma?


What role must the US Church play in ensuring that Aylan’s tragedy is the last of its kind? 


In 2011, Syria was home to 22 million people. More than half of those have now either fled as refugees or been internally displaced by violence. I’m so grateful the Church is finally being moved to action around caring for our brothers/sisters who are fleeing violence.


But what we decide to do is inevitably shaped by how we understand this crisis. Before we act, it’s always important to ask people who know, “What’s really going on?”


This is why I’m getting online today with friends from Iraq, Syria, Jordan and missions agencies in the US to talk about the church’s response to our current refugee crisis in Europe.


I’d love for you to join us.


Whether you can be part of this conversation today or not, please pray with us as we seek to walk with our sisters and brothers who are fleeing, as our Lord had to flee to Egypt, for their very lives.


About The Author


Jon Huckins is a pastor and the Co-Founding Director of The Global Immersion Project; a peacemaking training organization helping individuals and communities move toward conflict equipped to heal rather than to win. After much international travel and study in the Middle East, Jon focuses much of his writing and speaking on peacemaking, local/global engagement and activating the Church as an instrument of peace in our world. He writes for numerous publications including USAToday, Red Letter Christians, Sojourners, and RELEVANT, is a contributing author to multiple books and has written three himself; "Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World," "Thin Places: Six Postures for Creating and Practicing Missional Community" and "Teaching Through the Art of Storytelling." Jon regularly speaks at churches, universities, and conferences and has a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in theology and ethics. He lives in San Diego with his wife, Jan, three daughters (Ruby, Rosie & Lou) and one son (Hank) where they co-lead an intentional Christian community seeking to live as a reconciling presence in their neighborhood of Golden Hill.

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