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24 May 2017

Through Operation Safe Havens - Australia, Barnabas Fund will support and facilitate Christians in danger in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, bringing them to countries of safety. OSH Australia will assist the Local churches in welcoming the Christians on arrival, care for them and help them to settle in and find work and support themselves. Australia has decided to give 12,000 new places for Syrian and Iraqi refugees, in addition to the regular places. Both Prime Ministers - Abbot and Turnbull - have mentioned that these places are for the persecuted minorities. Abbot spoke of "Muslim minorities, Druze, Turkmen, Kurds [and] non-Muslim minorities, Christians, various sorts, Jews, Yazidis, Armenians." Turnbull mentioned his "concern for the persecuted minorities in the Middle East, prominent among whom of course are the Christian communities." He continued, "Regrettably, the likely consequence of these wars in the Middle East will be a reset order in which there will be a much less welcoming environment for Christians."This is a significant time for the Church in Australia to support our Syrian and Iraqi suffering fellow-Christians. Can your church help? "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go and visit you?" The King will reply "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matt. 2537-40