Greg Lake – about Asylum Seekers

Greg Lake 7.30 this Wednesday, Holy Trinity, Wentworth Falls

asylumGreg Lake is familiar to a number of people at St Hilda’s as he visited some months ago to talk about the plight of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia, or rather, those who have not yet made it to our shores. Greg is well qualified to give us a clear picture of the circumstance as he is the former manager of a number of immigration detention centres including Nauru, Christmas Island, Curtin and Scherger in far north Queensland.

His story is fascinating and alarming. If you’ve not yet heard it he is back in the mountains this coming week speaking at a coffee and desert meeting at Holy Trinity Wentworth Falls; 7.30pm, Wednesday, 26th August. I highly recommend you make the effort to hear Greg, he is a very capable, intelligent young man with firm Christian convictions.

This is an issue that should be a concern to all of us as the refugee crisis is escalating across the world. We have undertaken as a church to develop a clear picture of the situation and work towards ways we can make a contribution to the debate and bring a Christian perspective to our leaders so people in desperate need can be cared for.

Recently the former member for Macquarie Alisdair Webster encouraged us to be in contact with our politicians, to consider signing petitions and to pray for our government as they work through this very difficult issue. We have also invited the former Commonwealth Ombudsman, Alan Asher to come and speak and he has undertaken to do that, we’re just having trouble tying him down between international engagements he’s involved in. So watch this space.

It was Jesus’ priority to care for the poor and marginalised and living in the wealthiest country in the world we have a great responsibility to walk in his footsteps. Please do pray for our leaders and especially pray for those locked in prisons whose only crime is that they have sought help from us.

Ray Robinson

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘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 to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:37–40)

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