‘GENEROUS HEART’ FOR REFUGEES
BISHOP NICK CALLS FOR BRITAIN TO REDISCOVER ITS ‘GENEROUS HEART’ FOR REFUGEES
Orginally posted on Posted: 27th August, 2015 on http://www.exeter.anglican.org/prayers-for-migrants-and-refugees-seeking-sanctuary/
Bishop Nick has called on Britain to rediscover its ‘generous heart’ and welcome some of the refugees fleeing war and suffering in countries like Syria.
He called for immediate action “even if there is a personal and national cost involved”.
Bishop Nick said: “The appalling plight of so many desperate refugees has shocked us all and the latest photo of the tiny boy dead on a beach, drowned in an attempt to escape to a better life, should move us all not only to tears, but to action. The governments of Europe face major political decisions and we should pray for a wise, compassionate and just response to this enormous humanitarian crisis, but we all have a part to play too. The Christian faith says we should welcome the stranger, remembering that Jesus himself and his family were refugees, who had to flee for their lives.
“Our nation has supported refugees and given sanctuary to thousands of people over the past centuries. We need to recover the generous heart of our nation, the spirit that took in thousands of Jewish children fleeing from the Nazis only sixty years ago. We cannot sit back and watch as people, toddlers even, are drowning in the Mediterranean and dying in the backs of lorries. We have to respond – even if there is a personal and national cost involved.”
Exeter Collection Point for Calais refugees
A small group in Exeter is taking a carload of donated goods to the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp at Calais at the end of September. They will be taking the goods to L’Auberge Des Migrants International, who are cooking a meal every day for 1000 people www.laubergedesmigrants.fr/ . Our first Exeter collection will be on Thursday September 10 from 11am till 4pm at Exeter Friends Meeting House, Wynards Lane, Pavilion Place, Exeter EX2 4HU.
What is needed in Calais are:
Men’s clothes (small to medium size, warm, clean, durable)
Men’s trainers and wellies
Sleeping bags (preferably good quality & waterproof)
Donations of money are also needed to help cover fuel and ferry costs https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/Totnes
Information is also available on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/124014191283555/
Prayers for refugees
Prayers for the ongoing crisis have been published (see graphic above). The prayer below is by the Baptist, Methodist, URC and Church of Scotland.
God of all humanity
When your people were enslaved and displaced,
You led them to a land that they could call home;
When your people were in exile;
Your promise was that one day,
They would live in streets of play and laughter.
When your disciples were afraid and uncertain,
You spoke of a Fathers House
With mansions and places prepared.
We pray today for all those who have no place to call home,
Hearing the heart-cry of your word
For those who are without refuge.
Where shelter is ours to offer
Grant us the will and resolve to reflect the generosity of our Creator.
Where others stand in the way of those who need safe haven
May our cry for justice never falter.
May the idols of self-interest and economic gain
Never deflect us from the ways of your Kingdom.
Through Christ our Lord.
Tearfund have also published some resources that you may find helpful.