At a time when the arrival of refugees is mired in misinformation and fear, Cindy Wu has created a fantastic, timely resource in A Better Country. With insightful analysis, biblical wisdom, and clear applications, this is a superb resource for Christians searching for a deeper understanding of refugees.
-Matthew Soerens, MS
US Director of Church Mobilization and Advocacy, World Relief
Cindy Wus new book is a remarkable fusion of facts, personal experience and biblical reflection on how Christians should treat migrants and strangers. As the West increasingly closes its heart, mind, and homelands to the rest of the world, this is a timely prophetic call to the church to follow Jesuss example and welcome the stranger. As a bonus, Wus approach is highly practical, providing a much-needed tool for churches and small groups to study and to act."
-Todd M. Johnson, PhD
Co-Director, Center for the Study of Global Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
At a time when over 100 million people in the worldeach of them created in the image of Godhave been forcibly displaced from their homes by violence, persecution, wars, and turmoil, the church dares not turn a blind eye. Christ made it abundantly clear that our God cares deeply about the most vulnerable, and if we claim to be His followers, we must also. Individual believers, small groups, and local churches will be grateful that Cindy Wus A Better Country provides biblical clarity and unique insights into the refugee experience and the US refugee resettlement infrastructure, and shows how God can use us to welcome, engage, serve, and partner with those He brings near. The spiritual practice sections of each chapter make us aware of how God can use our experiences with those who have lost everything to increase our dependence on Him, mature us spiritually, and grow our capacity to enjoy Him now and for eternity.
Refugee and Immigrant Ministry Director, PCA Mission to North America
Over several years I have watched Cindy Wu read, study, listen to, feel personally, and write about refugees and their situations in the United States. She has done so with deep compassion joined together with objective realism. This most timely workbook should be widely read and used in churches across our land.
-Dean Borgman, MA
Senior Professor of Youth Ministries and Social Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Every Christian, wishing to find the balance between security and compassion should work through A Better Country. Wu serves the church by presenting an excellent foundation for understanding refugee history, journey and advocacy. This timely workbook presents facts to alleviate unnecessary fears in these important days.
-David Daniels, DMin
Lead Pastor, Central Bible Church
A Better Country is a book for such a time as this. More than 100 million people in the world have been forced to flee their homes and are seeking a better life. Cindy Wu provides a solid biblical, moral, and historical basis for welcoming refugees into our country and into our communities. A Better Country is a very practical guide for both churches and individuals, filled with resources and suggestions for how Christians can live out the biblical call to welcome the stranger.
-David Husby, MDiv
Retired Director, Covenant World Relief
Cindy M. Wu has produced a book titled, A Better Country: Embracing the Refugees in Our Midst. Ms. Wu lives in Houston, Americas most ethnically diverse city and practices the kind of hospitality she espouses. Out of her own experience and interest, she offers a workbook to help the reader learn about refugees and to embrace the challenge of offering them hospitality. I envision a Sunday School class or home group using this valuable resource in a group study. Ms. Wu artfully combines up-to-date statistics on displaced persons, refugee stories and words of challenge for those who wish to serve others. She refers to Mariane from Rwanda in the Introduction and then quotes her in the books Conclusion: "People have many freedoms here (USA) and hard work pays off. Close the door behind you and open another one. You dont have to live in between doors." That is the challenge Cindy Wu extends to her readers. Be a door-opener for the worlds refugee peoples wherever you find them.
-Richard L. Haney, PhD
Executive Director, Frontier Fellowship