Refugee Week Sunday 17 – Saturday 23 June

In the OT, God commands Israel to show compassion to the alien and refugee in their midst, most often as a result of wars.  In the NT Christians are commanded to care for the neediest of their community, including the widow and orphan, and to love their neighbours.  Who is our neighbour the disciples ask and he told them the parable of the Good Samaritan who showed costly love to an injured victim from a race and religion that his “tribe” hated.  Jesus and his parents were themselves refugees in Egypt from the murderous regime of Herod.  Christians cannot ignore the plight of refugees.

Let me bring to your attention two local opportunities to be more informed and involved.  I hope to attend both so would love you to join me – let me know if you need  lift.

Firstly, Connect Church in Engadine is partnering with 3 other community based agencies to screen an award winning documentary, “Cast from the storm,” on Thurs 21st June 6pm at 131 Woronora Road, Engadine. It will include a Q & A with a couple of people who have come to Australia as refugees.  The showing is free but tickets need to be booked 95249559  and 95975455.

Secondly, You’re invited to a special consultation to explore ways the community can come together to welcome and support refugees settling in the Sutherland Shire.   Rev. Michael Aitken from St Stephens Belrose and Charles Rich from Settlement Services International Housing will share their insights from the Northern Beaches Refugee Initiative. Gymea Community Aid & Information Service, 39 Gymea Bay Road.  Thursday 14 June 12:30 – 2pm.  RSVP by 6 June Pastor Mike McGarrity – 0419277916 . Please let me know too if you can come.

I’ve also just finished reading Marcus Nodder’s little book “What happens when you die?” We often have beliefs about this but no Bible basis for it.  Does the Bible say more or less about this big issue. This book is designed for Christians primarily and very helpful.  You won’t agree with all he says but its short, simple and practical.  Cost around $8.  Good to read for yourself and to pass on to friends or family

Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew