Malaga, Spain

Summary – 2015 RHP Europe Roundtable

Fifty participants from ten European countries and the USA gathered in Malaga, Spain, February 2-5, 2015 for the annual regional RHP roundtable in Europe. The theme this year was “Welcoming the Stranger”, which we discussed in the first morning session. Other topics for discussion included justice issues for Christian converts especially related to their asylum application, as well as an overview of the crisis in Europe due to the increase of migrants coming to Europe in the last year.

The participants themselves lead the sessions, which often included discussion groups and time for questions and answers. The sessions included as well over 10 ministry reports from various locations around Europe, which were woven into
the schedule. In addition, two participants shared their story as former refugees themselves. We took time to pray spontaneously for those who shared.

On two evenings, the group met in a local church in the hopes that church members from the local area might participate in the international gathering and benefit from the interaction among fellow Europeans. Although translation was
offered, the logistics proved difficult to arrange, and the evening sessions were poorly attended. The evening sessions were a reminder of how difficult it is to raise awareness among local churches in many communities.

As usual, we offered the opportunity to visit a local ministry, and this year the group traveled across the Straights of Gibralta to Ceuta and Morocco. In Ceuta, we visited the ministry of the International Christian Church, which has been
ministering to the migrants in the Spanish enclave for over 15 years. We shared lunch together and heard about the important work of this church. Afterwards we visited a group of migrants along the shore and saw the fence where people
regularly lose their lives as they try to cross or swim around to Ceuta.

A final highlight for the group was to welcome the Italian Evangelical Alliance representative from Sicily, who announced that next year the Italian EA will host the annual European roundtable in Sicily.

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Video Resources

  1. Refugee Day - Every Action Counts UNHCR (January 2021) (3:04 minutes)
    UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi salutes the fortitude of refugees and the forcibly displaced many of whom have stepped up to contribute to the fight against the coronavirus pandemic despite their own hardships.
    https://youtu.be/AplbTZNRvxY

     

  2. How Do Migrants & Refugees Get to Europe? Four Major Paths Taken to Enter the EU - (February 1, 2021)
    https://youtu.be/7rLJ-5AR2EQ - 9 minutes
  3. 5 Years On - Images of the refugee crisis | Deutsche Well Documentary (September 4, 2020)
    These snapshots represent dramatic moments from the time when nearly a million refugees entered Germany in the summer of 2015. In this documentary the authors Bamdad Esmaili and Matthias Fuchs go in search of the stories behind the pictures.
    https://youtu.be/L-i5zj4u7fs - 45 minutes
  4. World Refugee Day 2020 Promo Video - June 20, 2020 (1:19 minutes)
    The World Refugee Day Is Observed Annually on June 20 Around The World. The Day Is an International Observance Which Is Dedicated to Raising Awareness Of The Situation Of Refugees Throughout The World.

    https://youtu.be/Rd_LdjBnCjc

  5. Syrian Refugee Crisis Explained - 2016 (2:37 minutes)
    Animated video about Syria and the forces which caused the European Refugee Crisis
    https://youtu.be/t_XWiyBMOkE

     

  6. What They Took With Them by UNHCR September 2016 (5:25 minutes)
    Cate Blanchett performs the rhythmic poem ‘What They Took With Them’ alongside fellow actors Keira Knightley Juliet Stevenson Peter Capaldi Stanley Tucci Chiwetel Ejiofor Kit Harington Douglas Booth Jesse Eisenberg and Neil Gaiman. The poem was written by Jenifer Toksvig and was inspired by stories and first-hand testimonies from refugees forced to flee their homes and items they took with them.
    https://youtu.be/xS-Q2sgNjl8  
  7. God’s Heart for the Foreigner” by Global Frontiers - May 2016 (5:12 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd4IEuPvQw8

     

  8. Kids Meet a Refugee - September 2018 (6:56 minutes)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GdDnbNpRNE

     

  9. The Journey of Refugee to Europe by Love Europe (3:56 minutes)
    Many people are on the run because of war or because of persecution. In this beautiful video we follow one family trying to find refuge in a new country.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRwQ010qw6E&t=10s

  10. What Does It Mean to Be a Refugee - Benedetta Berti and Evelien Borgman - 2016 TedTalk (5:43 minutes)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25bwiSikRsI 

     

     

     

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