Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of formerly imprisoned American Pastor Saeed, says she and her family came to America as Muslim immigrants before converting to Christianity after witnessing the love of Jesus Christ exhibited by those who helped her.
"I was a Muslim immigrant. I left a devastating war between Iran and Iraq. America gave me the freedom to choose Jesus as my Lord and Savior. When we came to America more than 30 years ago I was treated with love and acceptance by the Christians. I could see the tender heart of Jesus toward foreigners and the lost through the Christians that surrounded us," Abedini wrote in a Facebook post.
"I have parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and my 95 year old grandmother who all came to America as Muslim immigrants and found Jesus here." more >>
Both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales have urged the United Kingdom to continue showing compassion and generosity toward strangers in need despite the results of Thursday's national referendum, in which British citizens voted to leave the European Union.
"As citizens of the United Kingdom, whatever our views during the referendum campaign, we must now unite in a common task to build a generous and forward looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world. We must remain hospitable and compassionate, builders of bridges and not barriers," the CofE wrote in its official response to the referendum.
"Many of those living among us and alongside us as neighbours, friends and work colleagues come from overseas and some will feel a deep sense of insecurity. We must respond by offering reassurance, by cherishing our wonderfully diverse society, and by affirming the unique contribution of each and every one," it added. more >>
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he will be stepping down from his position by October following the major national referendum in which British citizens voted 52 to 48 percent to leave the European Union.
"The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected," Cameron said on Friday morning. "The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered."
UKIP leader Nigel Farage celebrated the results as U.K.'s "Independence Day," while U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called it a "great thing." more >>
Immigration without assimilation is annihilation.
Europe is proving that thesis right now, as have the massacres in San Bernardino and Orlando.
Recently, T.D. Jakes sounded an admirable call for the nation to unite as it seemed to have done after 9/11. more >>
Muslim refugees resettling in Europe won't be allowed to practice polygamy and other things that are banned in Western countries, such as child marriages, regardless of their Islamic beliefs and cultural customs, says German Justice Minister Heiko Maas.
"No-one who comes here has the right to put his cultural values or religious beliefs above our law," Maas told German paper Bild.
With well over a million refugees arriving in Germany from Syria and neighboring countries, fleeing civil war and terror groups like the Islamic State, the nation has had to deal with challenges to its national laws. more >>
The Syrian refugee crisis represents the largest migration of people since the Second World War.
Although it is certainly one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in our generation, it has resulted in increased activity for refugee relief organizations worldwide. As more countries accept refugees, relief efforts continue to expand and resources continue to wane. The crisis is not going away any time soon.
There's no silver bullet for providing relief for refugees of war and natural disasters. Each case requires its own unique set of efforts. And even with the noblest efforts, they can't perfectly satisfy the needs of everyone affected. However, it is our job as image bearers of God to step in and show His goodness. more >>