Is the refugee my neighbour? It’s the question being put to Christians across Latin America, as the continent faces a major refugee and migrant crisis.
When you hear the words ‘migrant crisis’, what comes to mind? Perhaps refugees from Syria, camped in makeshift tents in Calais. Or the shocking picture of Alan Kurdi – the child washed up on a beach in Turkey.
Do you ever stop and think, ‘how should I respond as a Christian?’ Or, ‘what can my church do?’
These are the questions that Tearfund is asking through churches across Latin America, with a new campaign: Como nacido entre nosotros (As born among us). It’s using stories from the Bible to get the church thinking about how they should view refugees and migrants, and what responses they could offer to the crisis.
It may not make the headlines in the UK very often, but the Latin American migrant crisis is a serious one.
‘In the last few years we’ve seen millions of people seeking refuge and asylum in Latin America,’ says Andrea Villarreal, from Tearfund’s Latin America Caribbean team.