Hundreds of Christian refugees fleeing persecution in the Middle East have been rescued and have resettled in Australia with the help of a program implemented by an international Christian aid group.
Ghassan, one of the Christians who escaped the violence in Syria, first sought refuge in Lebanon in March 2014 with his family. A relative helped them find a place to rent, but they later decided to apply for a humanitarian visa in Australia because their resources were no longer enough to pay for the expensive food, clothing and their other needs in Lebanon, Barnabas Fund details.
Fortunately, their humanitarian visas were approved. Ghassan and his family were able to move to Australia with the help of Barnabas Fund, which shouldered the cost of their plane fares. He loves his new country and is hoping that they could someday return the favor to those who extended a helping hand to them.
In addition, Ghassan is praying that God will protect Barnabas Fund and the people supporting it. He also expressed his gratitude to the group for passing on Christ's teachings about giving love and doing acts of kindness to other people.
Barnabas Fund's Operation Safe Havens has rescued 1,071 Christian refugees all over the world as of May 2016, and 823 of them are now resettled in Australia. However, the number of Muslim refugees who have made their way into the country are a lot higher compared to this figure, the Gospel Herald notes.
The figures in the United Kingdom are no different from that of Australia's numbers. From July to September last year, Christian refugees only made up less than 1 percent of the refugees admitted into the country. The Barnabas Fund said there were only 13 Christians out of the 1,583 Syrian refugees who entered the U.K. within that period.
Even if Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities in Syria were not facing genocide, they would still be "massively underrepresented" in the numbers showing refugee admissions in the U.S. and the U.K., the Barnabas Fund said. Because of this, the Christian aid group says it still has a long way to go when it comes to helping the persecuted refugees from the Middle East.