Interserve is supporting people on the margins, especially those fleeing persecution, war and conflict, so they can experience true freedom and hope!
Our world is facing so much hardship and suffering, from natural disasters here in Australia, to war in Europe, to conflict in South East Asia. Many have fled their home as a result of conflict or persecution, and now seek freedom and hope living as refugees or in diaspora communities.
Our hearts break for the suffering of our world, for the loss of life and displacement of so many people, but we know Jesus spoke of his Kingdom that is even now in the midst of us. We know from our lived experiences that this Kingdom is both present freedom and a future hope! (Luke 17:20-21) And incredibly, we are called to join in the work of this Kingdom!
With your support, Interserve is working with refugees, displaced people and diaspora communities. Whether it is in Asia, the Arab world, or Australia, Interserve responds to the needs of people through healthcare, education, practical help, building friendship and showing love.
This June, we need $300,000 to keep this work going. Please partner with us and give today to support people looking for hope.
Stories of hope
Stories from across Asia, Australia and the Arab world sharing the transformation that a gift of hope can make.
Transformation for the long haul
For years now, we have had both casual and close friendships with those who have come to our country as refugees. Transformation is slow, painful, and it entails walking valleys in tears and walking on the occasional mountain top when a victory is achieved. Transformation is plowing, cultivating, weeding, watering and remembering that it is not us who does the miracle of transforming a hurting brother or sister… That is God’s job. Our job is to be Jesus with skin on wearing overalls.
Ivy* is an Australian-based worker serving local refugees.
Miracles and Motherhood
The shame Hannah* felt from being married for 10 years and not having a baby was too much for her to bear. In her culture, a woman’s identity, value and worth come from motherhood, so she felt invisible, useless and unworthy. She and her husband came to the UK as asylum-seekers one year ago and after listening to her story, we told Hannah about God’s unconditional love for her and asked if we could pray together. Shortly after, Hannah found out she was pregnant! Some may call this coincidence or serendipity, but we know that our God is The God Who Sees those who feel invisible… and he meets their need.
Trish* is an Interserve worker serving refugees in the UK.
A friend to those starting over
Abdul* fled his home in Central Asia and had been living as a refugee in South East Asia. Who would help him learn to drive or teach him how to use the local library? Many like Abdul, left their family behind. They need someone to be a mother, a father, a sibling, and above all, a friend.
Sam * is an Interserve worker serving refugees in South East Asia.
True value in every life
Fatime* brought in her 1-week-old daughter, and shared that her mother-in-law was not speaking to her and that her husband was disappointed. This was her third baby girl and cultural bias meant girls were not valued. As we cared for this mother and child, we explained the value and care that Jesus showed to women… It is our prayer that Fatime will know God’s love for her, her baby daughter and will help break that cycle of prejudice.
Lucy* is an Interserve worker serving refugees in West Asia.
A welcome refreshment for a weary mum
We host small gatherings for refugee women to come together in fellowship and share their stories. Although they have never met before, the women share a bond through their experiences as all are refugees. One woman shared, “This is the first time I have ever been apart from my 11-month-old daughter; it is so good to have this group with space to clear my head.”
Sophie* is an Interserve worker serving refugees in South East Asia.
Building futures for vulnerable children
We had been planning and praying, but for the first 2 weeks of our new children’s club, no one showed up. We were disappointed and confused until on week 3, sixteen kids arrived! We are thankful that their mothers took a chance to support their children’s future and development.
Chris & Sarah* are Interserve workers serving refugees in West Asia.
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Not clients, but part of the family
A participant of our women’s refugee support group shared, “You are the first one to take care of me, to care how I feel.” I could see that working with refugees goes beyond ensuring housing or rights but showing love. They are not clients, but part of our family.
Danielle* is an Interserve worker serving refugees in Central Asia.
Caring for a family in need
Zara* knocked on our door. She was a refugee who had been married since she was thirteen years old. I could see that she was pregnant with her third child and we assured Zara of our support throughout her pregnancy and beyond. It is the demonstration of God’s love for this refugee family that has sparked a curiosity about the motivation behind our kind and caring actions.
Anna* is an Interserve worker serving refugees in the UK.
Friendship at the heart of refugee ministry
I received a list of newly arrived households and I’ve focused on matching Christians with these asylum seekers for the purpose of meeting their practical needs and building friendships. A group of passionate people for this ministry is growing and the prayerful concern for these people is deepening.
Simon* is an Australia-based worker serving refugees locally.
Connecting over shared experiences
God has expanded my capacity for compassion as I spent time with people who had experienced all kinds of losses – displacement, death of loved ones, disability and relationship breakdown. Our common humanity and powerlessness made it easy to connect cross-culturally, coming together with a shared bewilderment over the events of life.
Georgie* is an Australia-based worker serving refugees locally.
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*All names have been changed.