Adventists in Germany Issue Statement about the Refugee Situation
From APD, October 13, 2015: After a special conference on assistance to refugees, the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Germany have released a statement of support for the protection of victims of political persecution and war refugees. This includes their right of access to medical care, education and social services. The document asks Adventist congregations to provide aid for refugees and people seeking asylum.
As mandated in the denomination’s global Mission Statement, “Adventists in Germany assume their Christian responsibility of ‘ministering to individuals and populations most affected by poverty, tragedy, hopelessness, and disease.’ This applies to all people without exception, regardless of their ethnic origin, gender, religion or worldview, disabilities, age or sexual identity,” said the release.
The document makes it clear that local Adventist congregations in Germany are being asked to each give assistance. It invites Adventists to approach people in need and to collaborate with authorities, associations, institutions, other denominations in finding possibilities for volunteer activities. Congregations can provide their facilities for language courses, informational meetings and discussions, programs for children, social and recreational activities, stated the Adventist leaders in Germany.
An English version of the document can be seen on the web: https://www.stanet.ch/apd/news/4561.html
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