“We are living in days of unprecedented opportunity,” were the words of Archbishop Justin Welby to a small group of church leaders in Swindon last year. How true they seem right now as we witness the plight of many (mainly) Syrians and migrating across Europe seeking to start a new life without fear.

I am sure that watching the recent video and news reports has moved you with compassion. Yet in these moments it is easy to feel overwhelmed at the sheer scale of what we are seeing. However, I believe that the Bible makes it abundantly clear that as Christians we are to play our part in serving and loving those who are in distress and need.

Luke 10:27 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself. 

Hebrews 13: 1 Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

I never imagined that the ‘unprecedented opportunity’ for the church to display the love and acceptance of Jesus would come in such a radical way as this – ‘unprecedented opportunity’ certainly seems the appropriate phrase for this crisis!

The question is how do we respond practically and effectively in this situation? Krish Kandiah, President of The London School of Theology and founder of Home For Good has produced a helpful short video giving five ways to get involved.

Please also write to Swindon’s MP, and sign a petition HERE urging the government to do respond with greater measure.

Please don’t leave this to the government to solve as a problem. The government has its responsibilities, but so too does the church of Jesus Christ.

Let the church be the church.