The Refugee Movement: Crisis or Opportunity?

There are greatly contrasting views of what is going on in Europe these days. Many see the influx of refugees as the precursor for the slow decline of Europe. The result of well-intentioned, but naive nations that have forfeited their safety and security for kindness and compassion to refugees who have plans to rewrite the stronghold of Europe with their eastern ideals.

Many of the concerns are well-founded. After recent terrorist attacks, Europe has realized the implications of vast numbers of refugees entering their borders. With so many problems arising in Europe, how can we not look at what is going on there as anything but a crisis? 

This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Reformation is a good teacher in this respect. In fact without Islam we might not have had the Reformation. Yes, while Luther was nailing his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, the invasion of the Ottoman Turks was distracting the princes of Europe from focusing on Luther's movement, allowing him to build a new church on his five solas. By the time the aristocracy in Europe realized what was happening, it was too late for them to snuff out the truth that Luther had rooted in the continent.  

We forget that God's plan is not our plan. Through this lens we once again see Europe as being invaded by Muslim people, but something incredible is happening in Europe. Muslims are coming to Christ. Not just a sprinkling here and there, but vast numbers are turning to Christ and through these people searching for hope and new life, they are finding it and reviving the church in Europe at the same time. 

This is our opportunity to see an awakening of the gospel in a place that has been dead for too long. Many times our greatest fears create the greatest opportunities. Christ turns our greatest tragedies into His greatest glory. He did it 2000 years ago on a cross and He is still doing it today. Will you recognize the opportunity in front of you? 

The Crumbling Church and the Refugee Crisis

There stands a historic opportunity for the Church in the face of the refugee crisis for our generation. At no other time in history have more people been forcibly displaced. The most recent numbers from UNHCR estimates that as of 2015, 65.3 million people worldwide were on the run. Victims of forced displacement from wars or political unrest, this number represents a 5.8 million increase from 2014. While we sit back and watch from the comfort and security of our living rooms, over 28 million children are running for their lives. The Church is sitting at a critical time in how we will respond to this crisis. We have traded the gospel for our own comfort and security. As the Church we can continue to ignore the plight of the hopeless or we can trade our callous mindsets for life-giving hope seeded in the good news of the gospel.

UNHCR figures on the refugee crisis

UNHCR figures on the refugee crisis

 

So the question is, will we continue to make this issue about us? Or will be put aside our own desires to serve others? As followers of Christ, there is only one answer to this question.

Berlin Ministries International is committed to providing relief that will meet the needs of the world's displaced peoples, while being messengers of the life-giving hope of the gospel. By coordinating relief and outreach in Berlin, one of the strategic cities for this crisis, we are seeking to not only bring hope by meeting physical needs, but spiritual needs as well. We would love to tell you more about our initiatives to impact the refugee crisis. Contact us below to find out how you can get involved with supporting the church in the critical places of our world.

We highly recommend this message from David Platt that gives a Biblical perspective on the Church's role in the refugee crisis. The first 7 minutes will give you a tremendous picture if you do not have the time to watch the whole message.


The Story in German: How Spreadtruth is taking the gospel everywhere

Spreadtruth Ministries has a vision to take the gospel everywhere. They see this being played out through using smartphone technology to share the gospel in new and creative ways. BMI is excited to see how Spreadtruth is creating opportunities for people to hear the gospel in
Germany through the translation of their video into German and Arabic. See the Story in German below.

By strategically partnering with Renew Ministries, Spreadtruth is using new technology to bring the gospel to the unreached. This has tremendous implications for Germany with the changing demographics brought about by the influx of refugees into the country. 

Berlin Ministries International has plans to use this technology to reach the nations in Berlin by utilizing a platform that proclaims the gospel in an effective culturally relevant way. Watch below how Spreadtruth is using the Story in partnership with Renew Ministries to bring the gospel to India.