Conference

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 and AlisonKatie 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.”

Alison Witt has been involved with new immigrants in Hamilton for over 15 years. Her work as program director at Micah House gave her the opportunity to learn more about welcoming newly arrived refugee claimants into community.  Her faith, and her life, have been shaped in profound ways by her friendships with refugees from all over the world.
 
Alison and Katie are working together to facilitate the newly launched TrueCity Refugee Engagement Project. They would love to tell you more about what that entails- so be sure to ask them!