A Better Country

Embracing the Refugees in Our Midst
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This study aims to help Christians—specifically Christians in the United States—think theologically and practically about the global refugee crisis.The workbook is divided into seven lessons, including a Personal Action Plan as your concluding application. You can do the lessons on your own or in a group setting. You will probably find the greatest benefit by working through the workbook with others and hearing other perspectives.

  • ISBN: 9780878085460
  • Pages: 98
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 2017
  • Publisher: William Carey Library

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Cindy Wu’s workbook is practical, biblical, and incredibly relevant in today’s climate of misunderstanding.
Followers of Jesus will find this workbook inspiring as they seek to befriend the refugees in our midst in an effort to “act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.”
 

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Over several years, I have watched Cindy Wu read, study, listen to, feel personally, and write about refugees and their situations in the United States. She has done so with deep compassion
joined together with objective realism. This most timely workbook should be widely read and used in churches across our land.
 

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Every Christian, wishing to find the balance between security and compassion should work through A Better Country. Wu serves the church by presenting an excellent foundation for understanding refugee history, journey, and advocacy. This timely workbook presents facts to alleviate unnecessary fears in these important days.
 

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A wonderful new book on helping refugees and immigrants is now available. Cindy M. Wu has produced a book titled, A Better Country: Embracing the Refugees in Our Midst. Ms. Wu lives in Houston, America’s most ethnically diverse city, and practices the kind of hospitality she espouses. Out of her own experience and interest, she offers a workbook to help the reader learn about refugees and to embrace the challenge of offering them hospitality. I envision a Sunday school class or home group using this valuable resource in a group study. Ms. Wu artfully combines up-to-date statistics on displaced persons, refugee stories, and words of challenge for those who wish to serve others. She refers to Mariane from Rwanda in the introduction and then quotes her in the book’s conclusion: “People have many freedoms here (USA) and hard work pays off. Close the door behind you and open another one. You don’t have to live in between doors.” That is the challenge Cindy Wu extends to her readers. Be a door-opener for the world’s refugee peoples wherever you find them.
 

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A Better Country is a book for such a time as this. More than 65 million people in the world have been forced to flee their homes and are seeking a better life. Cindy Wu provides a solid biblical, moral, and historical basis for welcoming refugees into our country and into our communities. A Better Country is a very practical guide for both churches and individuals, filled with resources and suggestions for how Christians can live out the biblical call to welcome the stranger.
 

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Cindy Wu’s new book is a remarkable fusion of facts, personal experience, and biblical reflection on how Christians should treat migrants and strangers. As the West increasingly closes its heart, mind, and homelands to the rest of the world, this is a timely prophetic call to the church to follow Jesus’ example and welcome the stranger. As a bonus, Wu’s approach is highly practical, providing a much-needed tool for churches and small groups to study and to act.
 

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At a time when the arrival of refugees is mired in misinformation and fear, Cindy Wu has created a fantastic, timely resource in A Better Country. With insightful analysis, biblical wisdom, and clear applications, this is a superb resource for Christians searching for a deeper understanding of refugees.
 

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Table of Contents

TABLES
GRAPHS
PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1 GLOBAL PEOPLE, GLOBAL PROBLEMS
CHAPTER 2 THE RUBBLED PLACES
CHAPTER 3 YOU ONCE WERE STRANGERS
CHAPTER 4 THE PILGRIM’S PROBLEM
CHAPTER 5 ALL THE WORLD IS HERE
CHAPTER 6 SERVING ANGELS
CONCLUSION
PERSONAL ACTION PLAN
APPENDIX A RESETTLEMENT AGENCIES
APPENDIX B REFUGEE RESOURCE LIST
APPENDIX C INCREASING YOUR
CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE (CQ)
APPENDIX D THE REFUGEE EXPERIENCE
BIBLIOGRAPHY

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