Welcoming the Stranger
Katie Karsten and Alison Witt
Conflicts in our world are forcibly displacing millions of people. Motivated by God’s call to welcome the stranger, churches in Hamilton are actively seeking out ways to come alongside the refugees arriving in our city. Yet in our desire to support newcomers, it is easy to miss out on what God desires for our lives as we engage with refugees. Through a combination of teaching, storytelling and practice this session will explore how in following Jesus’ call to welcome the stranger we are at the same time given the opportunity to go deeper in our relationship with him.
Katie Karsten has been involved many years in equipping and mobilizing Christian Reformed churches in their ministries of compassion and justice. Her passion is coming alongside refugees/newcomers in their settlement journey. She notes that “refugees have been my best teachers of courage, resilience, gratitude, value and hope.”