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Episode 240: Combining Word and Deed to Provide Belonging (w/ Dr. Krish Kandiah)

You may have seen us talking about our brand new podcast Just Neighbors. Well today, we’re sharing one of those conversations right here on The Forgotten Podcast! This was such a powerful episode, with challenging and honest takeaways for those who follow Christ in our complex world.

Just Neighbors is a podcast for every believer who desires to live as Jesus lived – to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God and neighbor. My co-host, Ryan MacDonald, and I are joined by Dr. Krish Kandiah for this conversation about how to combine word and deed to provide belonging for our neighbors.

Krish is the founder of The Sanctuary Foundation, a charity supporting refugees to find welcome, work, and worthwhile housing in the UK. His mission is to help solve some of society’s seemingly intractable problems through partnerships across civil society, faith communities, government, and philanthropy.

In this episode, Krish helps us understand the important work they are doing, the largest challenges he sees for people who are removed from their homes, and how Christ followers should respond to the complex conflicts happening across our world. Beyond that, he guides us in seeing that displacement is happening all around us, as children are placed in foster care, people move to a new city for their jobs, and people feel like they don’t belong.

Listen in!

TAKEAWAYS FROM TODAY’S CONVERSATION:

1. Living out the Gospel combines word and deed.

Jesus himself displayed for us the combination of word and deed in living out the Gospel. It isn’t enough to merely speak the Gospel; it should be evident in our actions. Likewise, the Gospel is not fully shared without words, which we see in the life of Jesus as well. When we take a closer look at this concept of living out the Gospel, we find that serving the marginalized is actually an act of worship.

“Words without actions lack credibility. Actions without words lack intelligibility.

2. Everyone has a longing to belong.

It isn’t just refugees and asylum-seekers that are actively looking for a place to belong. All around us are people who are seeking belonging or rediscovering their sense of identity after a loss. How can we step in through both word and deed to provide care, compassion, and belonging for those who need it?

“There is layer upon layer of loss.”

3. Look for opportunities where you are.

You don’t have to travel or move to a different city to help those who are displaced. Likely there is someone in your own backyard who feels isolated or like they don’t belong. There are countless ways that we can be a blessing to others right where we have been placed.

“Right where you are, look for ways to be a blessing.”

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We hope this episode has helped you wherever you are on your foster care journey. That’s the goal! If so, will you tell others?

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Meet Our Guest

Dr. Krish Kandiah is the founder of The Sanctuary Foundation, a charity supporting refugees to find welcome work and worthwhile housing in the UK. Krish is a social entrepreneur, broadcaster, speaker, development consultant, and author. His mission is to help solve some of society’s seemingly intractable problems through partnerships across civil society, faith communities, government, and philanthropy. Dr. Kandiah is recognized as an expert in refugee resettlement, child welfare reform, educational innovation, and civil society mobilization.

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