Posts in Refugees & Immigration
First They Killed My Father: A Film Review

First They Killed My Father is a Netflix original film directed by Angelina Jolie and based on the book with the same name written by Loung Ung. At the age of five, Loung survived the Cambodian genocide, which was carried out by the Communist Khmer Rouge regime from 1975-1979. Through Loung’s eyes the audience witnesses the evacuation of Phnom Penh, the scattering of her family, her fight for survival while training as a child soldier, and ultimately, her journey to freedom and reunion with her siblings.

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Who Is a Refugee?

Even though refugees have been a major subject in the news for the last several years, there are still a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about who refugees are. In this post I want to address the answer to the question: who is a refugee? I will also clarify some other terms that are sometimes used to refer to refugees.

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How to Talk About Refugees With Christians

There is so much in Scripture to support welcoming refugees and having compassion toward strangers, that it should be easy to talk about refugees with Christians. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many Christians are unaware that Bible addresses displacement, or they are more concerned with the position of their political party than the position of God’s Word concerning refugees. This requires us to know our audience and speak in a way that will pique their interest and hold their attention.

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Loving the Stranger Book Review

Jessica Udall begins her self-published book, Loving the Stranger by telling her readers that the words she has written come from her heart. But after completing her book last week I would have known without a doubt that it was written from her heart, even if she had not explicitly said so. Jessica has spent over a decade loving and serving immigrants; she has also become an immigrant herself, living in Africa for a time with her Ethiopian husband.  She understands both roles in the story of strangers and welcomers, and she has seen first hand how they can transform one another in beautiful ways.

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How to Talk About Refugees With Liberals

Recently, I wrote about on how to talk about refugees with conservatives. In the interests of fairness, today I’ll cover how to talk about refugees with liberals. The majority of the points remain the same: start slow, don’t attack liberalism, avoid ad hominem arguments, and, in this case, avoid framing refugee resettlement according to conservative values. So as not to be redundant, I will focus here on briefly explaining the values most liberals share and how welcoming refugees is compatible with them.

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