Empowering refugees

Restoring dignity amongst refugees

One of the great and oldest global challenges today is migration. Since ages humanity has been migrating. There are some more than 250 million people— live outside their country of origin. The magnitude and complexity of national and international migration make it an important force in the development and a high-priority issue for both developing and developed countries. The fact that about half of all migrants are women, most of the reproductive age, is another reason this a pressing issue for humanity today. Statistically, the Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked number one in the world with the highest number of internally displaced people. Beyond that, there are hundreds of thousands of refugees living in camps in the surrounding regional countries, namely: Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Central African Republic, Tchad, Angola, Zambia among others. Strikingly, because of the cycle of violence, they find themselves moving from camp to camp and place to place with no chance to settle down and make a life. Amidst all the migration narratives we read and hear in the news including the current how does the church respond to this highly prioritized issue called migration? 

Historically, migration has been, is and will always be a strategy through which God reach out to the world. Regardless of the social-economic and political debates around it, migration should not be denied its rightful place as a tool through which the gospel has spread to different corners of the planet. However, in dealing with migration issues, the humanitarian approach  seems to be the most preferable model by stakeholders including Christian actors. Therefore, besides a humanitarian approach, there is a need to address migration issues within its true theological meaning which give hope and restores dignity among refugees. 

A Cup for Humanity will train migrant/refugee church leaders to understand the theological meaning of migration as God’s strategy to reach nations and prepare them to be a blessing in foreign grounds. Furthermore, we shall provide psychoeducation to the most vulnerable refugee’s victims of war and genocide in order to make them resilient and productive. Empowering refugees is preparing tomorrow’s missionaries and citizens of the world, for through migration they move to new places with the purpose to be a blessing and cross border social players. 

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