Aug2WedAugust 2, 2017
Middle Eastern refugees living in Europe and North America have left their former lives behind, endured countless tragedies, and now face the daunting task of adjusting to vastly different cultures. Understandably, they experience loneliness, trauma, societal marginalization, and spiritual doubts.
At TWR Canada, we want to reach out to refugees, but how do we do this?
Within Europe, it can be difficult to minister to refugees, due to language and culture differences, complicated asylum procedures, and the sheer number of refugees. However, smartphones are indispensable for many of them. What if we could turn smartphones into a tool for showing Christ's love and hope to refugees?
TWR has developed a Refugee Media Ministry, which reaches out to refugees primarily through the "Refugee Bridge" smartphone app. Any refugee who has an Android smartphone can download this app and instantly access audio programs in Arabic, Farsi, and Dari, with more languages to be added. An iOS version for iPhones is in development, as well.
The Refugee Media Ministry team has been hard at work over the last year to add carefully chosen content. Currently, the app offers over 330 episodes from various programs. These programs were carefully selected for their use in addressing the trauma and other difficulties that refugees face in Europe and North America, as well as speaking of the only true hope: Jesus Christ. We also make sure that programs are culturally appropriate for a Muslim audience. New episodes are added every week for many programs, so that refugees always have something new to look forward to on the app. We are constantly looking for relevant content, and are even producing a series tailored for Arabic-speaking refugees!
New Country, New Home is the name of this tailored program for Arabic-speaking refugees. This series will contain 30 episodes addressing some of the common struggles of refugees from a Christian perspective. The episodes are written in a way which thoughtfully introduces Christianity and a Christian perspective to the many Muslim refugees. Twenty-two of the episodes will be written from the perspective of a male Syrian refugee, named Khalid, living in Germany. The final 8 episodes will be written from the perspective of Khalid’s wife, and will address specific struggles faced by refugee women.
Scripts for the episodes from Khalid’s perspective are nearly complete. (Scroll down to view a sample script!) Scripts for the episodes from Khalid’s wife’s perspective are in progress, and should be complete this fall. Production of the completed scripts has already begun.
The programs currently available on the app include The Way of Righteousness (a program created specifically for reaching out to Muslims), TWR Women of Hope (TWR’s program for women, which points women to Christ, and equips them to bring that hope to others), and Ala’s Diary (a program specifically for youth). These are just a few of the programs currently available. More programs will be added to the app as they become available.
Through the Refugee Bridge app, our prayer is for refugees to come to understand and know the hope of Jesus Christ. Please join us in praying for the many refugees around the world.