The monthly Journeys into Friendship webinars bring our global community together around important topics and discussion for learning together about diaspora ministry.

If you are interested in joining either of these webinars, please contact Amy Lemstra by email at

Hospitality to Refugees

October 12, 2021
8:00 pm ET

This webinar will focus on a local initiative to house refugees and asylum claimants through the hospitality of Christians in the community. Danielle Steenwyk Rowaan will share more about Open Homes Hamilton.

About the presenter: Danielle Steenwyk-Rowaan is the Team Leader of Open Homes Hamilton, a ministry that supports refugee claimants by offering home-based hospitality. She lives in east Hamilton with her husband Dan, their German shepherd-kangaroo cross Roo, and their housemate Idrissa. Before co-founding Open Homes Hamilton, Danielle worked for 6 years with the Christian Reformed Church's justice ministries in a communications role. She blogs about her work at Open Homes at

About the ministry: Open Homes Hamilton is a multi-church network supporting refugee claimants by offering home-based hospitality. It is a ministry of the International Association for Refugees Canada. It was founded on September 11, 2018 to offer a tangible expression of hospitality in place of hostility, while meeting the needs of refugee claimants. The vision of Open Homes Hamilton is to welcome refugee claimants into communities of belonging. You can find more information at

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Novemer 9, 2021
10:30 am ET

In this webinar, we'll examine the phenomenon of global migration through the research of scholar and former refugee Dr. Barnabé Anzuruni Msabah. How can we as Christians respond to this global movement of people?

About the presenter: Dr. Barnabé Anzuruni Msabahholds a PhD in Theology and Development (Practical Theology), specializing in community development, from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is Tearfund's Regional Coordinator for Church and Community Transformation (CCT) in East and Central Africa and teaches theology and development at Pan Africa Christian University, Nairobi, Kenya. Dr Msabah is a former refugee and has experienced many of the challenges that refugee communities face around the world, as well as the resilience, courage and hope with which refugees face those challenges.

About Dr. Barnabe’s book The WayfarerIn The Wayfarer, Dr. Barnabé Anzuruni Msabah engages the global refugee crisis from an interdisciplinary perspective that encompasses both development studies and theological reflection. Using specific examples from Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa, Msabah provides an overview of the sociopolitical, economic, and environmental dynamics of forced migration, while simultaneously exploring theological and cultural frameworks for understanding transformational community development. He examines both the church’s calling to provide sanctuary for displaced peoples and the role of refugees in contributing to the socioeconomic welfare of their host countries. While the church’s mandate is to act with justice and mercy towards the world’s most vulnerable populations, Msabah also reminds us that refugees are not passive recipients but powerful examples of courage, resilience, and hope who can, in their turn, transform our nations and our faith communities for the better.

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