Refugee Week Webinar

The world is facing an unprecedented global refugee crisis. Millions are fleeing the impacts of war and persecution.

We may not be able to help all refugees but God calls us to help those we can. Australia’s new community sponsorship programme is a unique opportunity to demonstrate the tangible love of Jesus by helping refugees find a home in local communities across Australia. Through the CRISP program, the Australian Government has allocated $8.6 million of funding to support 1,500 refugees up until 30 June 2025. The Welcome Home Project provides a pathway for you and your church to get involved.

In conjunction with The Welcome Home Project, Community Refugee Sponsorship, and NAYBA, ACL are hosting a National Webinar during Refugee Week (16 June – 22 June).

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Date: Tuesday 18th June @ 7.30pm – 8.45pm AEST

This webinar will be an opportunity for churches and people of faith to explore the opportunity to take advantage of this funding provision to tangibly demonstrate the love of Jesus through the Welcome Home Project. We will be joined on the night by the Immigration Minister, the Hon Andrew Giles, Zoe Daniel MP. We will hear firsthand from participants in the program, as well as Community Refugee Sponsorship (CRISP), and the NAYBA team.

Biblical foundations

The story of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is a story of God’s chosen people being displaced continuously, vulnerable, relying on God, constantly on the move in search of refuge and a new home – from Adam and Eve, Noah and his family, Abraham and Sarah and the many families that followed including Jesus’ own, and even the early Church. So it is not surprising to find many passages throughout the Bible commanding and encouraging God’s people to care for the vulnerable, those without resources, whatever race or nationality, with harsh penalties for ignoring their needs. To show love and care for the vulnerable is core to our identity as Christians.

Love for our neighbour was a repeated teaching that Jesus emphasised throughout his life and ministry. The commandment to love one’s neighbour as oneself (Mark 12:31) is a love that extends to all people, regardless of their nationality or status. This command is encapsulated in what Jesus described as the greatest commandment, ‘to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourselves’ (Matthew 22:37-39).

The Parable of the Good Samaritan teaches that our neighbour is anyone in need, regardless of their background or ethnicity. The Samaritan, traditionally seen as an outsider, cared for a wounded traveller and exemplified the call to show mercy and practical assistance to those who suffer, including those seeking refuge. (Luke 10:25-37).

Welcoming the stranger is repeatedly emphasised throughout both the Old and New testaments. God’s people are reminded of their own experiences of exile, as strangers in as foreign land and commanded to extend welcome, hospitality, care, compassion, and inclusion to foreigners (Leviticus 19:34, Exodus 22:21, Matthew 25:35).

The Welcome Home Project is a unique opportunity to know and love our neighbour and to tangibly demonstrate the love of Jesus to them.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” (Matthew 25:35)

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