How did Clarkston, a sleepy town in Georgia, become the most diverse square mile in America? What is a refugee and how do they get here? As a parent, how can I help my children understand forced migration? As a Christian, how does my faith relate to these questions? – At Memorial Drive Ministries, we get asked these questions a lot. So whether you are a church leader, a full-time parent, or an inquisitive volunteer, we’ve compiled a list of resources we know will help address some of your pressing questions!
Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town by Warren St. John – A journalist beautifully tells the story of Clarkston through the eyes of a soccer team!
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives Edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen – Hearing from refugee voices directly is incredibly important. This volume of brief, first hand reflections on the refugee experience is a helpful introduction. Plus, 10% of the cover price of the book is donated to the International Rescue Committee every time a copy is sold!
Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis by Matthew Soerens, Stephan Bauman, & Dr. Issam Smeir – Drawing from history, public policy, psychology, and a Christian worldview, this book seeks to think biblically about migration, explain refugee resettlement, and recommend practical ways that Christians can respond.
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate – A great resource for exploring involuntary migration with children! Written simply and poetically, Applegate tells the story of a resettled refugee family from the unique perspective of one of the children.
Global Church: Reshaping our Conversations, Renewing our Mission, Revitalizing our Churches by Graham Hill – What does the reality of globalization mean for Christians and the church’s mission? Before long, two-thirds of Christians will live in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Hill engages more than one hundred Christian leaders from the majority world about the future of the global church.