Migration is not a modern concept. People have migrated for thousands of years. For some people, migration is a way of life as they search for pasture or other livelihood interests. Others may be moving to escape from problems, or to find a better livelihood for themselves and their children.
People hold various views about whether migration is good or bad, and often they disagree about a particular situation. Sometimes migration has a positive impact for the people who migrate and on the area they leave or move to. At other times migration has negative consequences.
Regardless of whether we think migration is good or bad in a particular situation, the Bible teaches us to care for the poor, the orphan, the widow and the migrant, and to love our neighbour. This is explored in more depth in the Bible study on page 7.
On the centre pages there is an overview of the topic of migration, looking at the causes and consequences. There are articles about how the local church can respond to migration in different contexts on pages 6 and 13. The article on page 10 looks at the relationship between migration and the environment. On the back page we look at the importance of good communication.
Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 78 in html.
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