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Serving God’s Justice with Our Gifts: Helping a Courageous Church

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In June 2021, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that the total number of forcibly displaced persons worldwide had grown to 82.4 million by 2020. That is more than double the number of people a decade ago. He was considered forcibly displaced. Australia has taken in more than 800,000 refugees and asylum seekers since 1945, and currently, Victoria has 21,404 bridging visa E asylum seekers with work rights. As many people continue to become homeless due to war or persecution, we in Australia have realized that we have an important role in helping the worldworld’slaced people find shelter.Serving God's Justice with Our Gifts: Helping a Courageous Church

Recently, Melbourne has hosted 4,000 Afghan refugees, and we have seen organizations such as the Anglicare Act assist with the arrival of unaccompanied minors.

Melbourne is home to many stuck in the limbo of their temporary visa. Returning to their native land is not an option for these people, but having arrived on our shores by boat, they will be stateless forever. For members of the

The Anglican Farsi-speaking community of Emmanuel in Dandenong, Iranian asylum seekers Revd Hoda and Revd Kaveh know all too well how much desperation it takes to leave their homeland and embark on a perilous journey across the seas, putting their lives in the hands of ruthless people lay smugglers.

“An sm” ggler completely dominates people seeking asylum because they know you have no other options,” sai” Revd Ameri.

“We h “d no idea how to get to Australia by boat, how dangerous and long the journey would be. We didn’didn’tanything for 18 days. By the time we got on the boat, I was four months pregnant. I’ve 11 pounds,” said” Revd Ameri.

“The “terms were fierce; the waves were high and slammed against the boat not made for the open sea. We expected the boat to fall apart because of the waves. The conditions on the boat were terrible: 64 people were together in one fishing boat,” she” says.

Faced with constant bullying and persecution for sticking to their Christian faith, Kaveh and Hoda left Iran to seek a better life in peace and freedom. “Kave”  Kaveh’ser has been dramatically arrested three times in Iran, and the current government had his grandfather executed. The state regarded his family as enemies. The political troubles wore him out, and he couldn’t do it. It was wasn’t to get out of the country because we had a passport, but it was hard to leave a place we loved and called home.” says” Hoda.

They arrived in Indonesia by plane but were soon stranded when they realized they couldn’t be there. After their money was stolen, they became homeless and were arrested three times. “Thro” ghout the ordeal, I kept thinking that one day we could have a cup of tea without stress, fear, and running. I had a little faith but a lot of anxiety, yet that little bit of faith, with fear, was used by Jesus to do a miracle,” she” says.

Throughout 2021, the Melbourne Anglican Foundation worked closely with the couple who have been instrumental in communicating with the wider Farsi-speaking Melbourne community about the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 and where and how to do it. The Foundation won a grant from the Victorian CALD communities of over $100,000, enabling Kaveh and Hoda and the volunteers in their parish to help more than 10,000 people in Melbourne. It has been a huge help to MelboMelbourne’si-speaking community, not just the Dandenong area where the church is located.

“Sinc” I’ve been in Australia, I’ve constantly been amazed that women can have their own opinion and enjoy expressing it, that women are not segregated in the workplace and are allowed to worship and collaborate outdoors and with men,” she,” says.

“Even” though Iranian women are just as well educated as men, they find it very difficult to find work because it is still considered the domain-domain man’s woman should stay at home with her family,” she,” says.

I will never forget the time the Australian Navy found our boat. The first Australian naval officer I met on the ship was wonderful. He smiled and said, “Welc” me to Australia”.

Th” Melbourne Anglican Foundation helps hundreds of refugees like Hoda and Kaveh every year, but we can only do this with the support of our generous donors. Could you help us help them by donating today?

See more of Hoda and KavehKaveh’sy in the video below about church planting activities in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne:

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