Across the U.S., sisters are helping asylum-seekers get a fresh start on life by providing shelter, legal aid, counseling and other support.
Lessons in Migration
Fear and uncertainty are huge factors for asylum seekers. Fear drives them from their homes and uncertainty greets them at their destination. Understanding their steep odds helps us understand them.
A planned refugee camp opened in Jordan in 2014 offers health care, education and food to encourage people fleeing from Syria's war not to settle permanently in urban areas — where 81% of them live today. Meanwhile, sisters help make connections to ease refugees' lives in the cities.
Refugees often must run from war and other disruptions with only whatever they can carry over a long journey. We take time to understand their practical and emotional needs.
A sister's efforts in working at the border with those seeking asylum helped her to clearly see the face of Jesus.
Amid the divisive debate about immigration, it's easy to lose sight of the humanity of the strangers in our midst. In connecting with their humanity, we also might glimpse their holiness.
We've heard about the border's "security and humanitarian crisis," but we did not see any drugs, guns or criminals. We saw parents bringing their children to the U.S. to live without fear.
Fear of the unknown often blocks our understanding of people and issues. Students can look beyond false fears about migrants and get to know the hopes and fears that compel them to migrate.
Uganda quietly has absorbed a million South Sudanese refugees in the past few years. The country's liberal policy toward refugees stems from its recent tumultuous history.
Empathy for the strangers in our midst is easier to come by when we can connect with the time when we ourselves were outsiders.
Change is in the air as a convent becomes a temporary shelter for asylum seekers. But deeper transformation happens as the migrants find rest, food and loving care.
Migrants come to new countries with many needs and, often, with few resources. A change of heart is a great place to start in meeting human needs.