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“I think the church should help the refugees, because she is the bride of Jesus, and she knows how Jesus will heal them,” says Peter, a Syrian refugee serving at Christ For All Foursquare Church in Bielefeld, Germany.

The word “refugee” has become a political hot-button. Behind the ideology and the rhetoric are people made in the image of God. How are we to engage with and help these people? Why would God be allowing people to be so drastically displaced?

Ewald Zelmer, pastor of Christ For All Foursquare Church, has developed a new word-association for “refugees.” Rather than seeing a crisis, he sees an opportunity and a responsibility, as God sends the nations to his community. For many men and women, such as those coming from Syria, the name of Jesus has been banned in their native countries. Now, at last, they have the opportunity to hear the gospel.

See how Christ For All Foursquare Church is fulfilling their responsibility to serve and disciple the world on their doorstep, and consider how you can share Christ with people who are new to your community.

is an ordained Foursquare minister and FMI missionary to Great Britain.