Stories & Commentaries
2-28-17 From Other to Brother: Reaching Out to Refugees and to Our Muslim Neighbors
Sidebar with Practical Ideas for Reaching Out to Refugee Neighbors
Here are some concrete steps of what to do in the next few days/weeks, as you pray for God to guide us, empower us, and cast a larger vision of who He is:
- Write a message of encouragement for your refugee neighbors, and go to our Facebook page and share it: https://www.facebook.com/AMRARIM/. This page was created by two NAD identities, Adventist Muslim Relations and Adventist Refugees and Immigrants Ministries so that we speak with a positive voice, and share ideas. Share this page with others and help spread the word.
- Pastors, and church leaders: visit your local mosque, or Islamic center. Introduce yourself, let them know that you are an Adventist leader who has a distinct calling to reach out to anyone with a message of hope and wholeness, ask how things are affecting the Muslim community, offer a prayer and ask for any way in which it will be possible to bring a better interfaith understanding, and foster stronger ties between neighbors.
- Hospitality meals can be done on an individual level, or they can be a collective initiative. Your church may choose to offer a hospitality meal for the local mosque. The kids could prepare a banner saying, “we love our neighbors” and sign it. Make sure you let those you’re serving know that our food is clean, so they can freely come to the table.
— Gabriela Philips