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7 Tips for Working with Refugees

Updated: Dec 13, 2020

By Abraham Shepherd, President of CGR


Abraham has worked "hands on" with refugees and refugee projects worldwide for over a decade. Below are simple yet profound tips for any of us thinking about working with refugees.

  • Overcome any prejudice, fear, and doubts about refugees that creep into our lives from the media. We should care for the widow, orphan, and stranger living among us.

  • Understand what it means to be "forcibly displaced." Why would a person leave all their possessions and familiar surroundings behind and move to a strange new place?

  • Start seeing refugees with a compassionate heart and not the views of the world.

  • Welcome them into our country, culture, and way of life.

  • Realize what it means to show love in a tangible way and meet felt needs. One of the greatest ways to show love to a forcibly displaced person is to simply get to know them. When we are involved in the life of a person in need, we overcome our own fears and preconceived notions.

  • Be the first person to welcome a refugee family to their new home. This can be the foundation of a long-term relationship and showing love.

  • Be their friend. You can become their advocate, a voice-for-the-voiceless.


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