12 episodes

Refugee resettlement worker Jacob Mau burned out in 2017. After that he traveled abroad with members of the Refugee Highway Partnership to spend time with displaced people. Beyond Soundbites Podcast invites you to join Jacob and the RHP on a journey to rediscover the personhood behind the term "refugee," the meaning of home, and the presence of God in the stories of displaced people.

Beyond Soundbites Jacob Mau

    • Society & Culture

Refugee resettlement worker Jacob Mau burned out in 2017. After that he traveled abroad with members of the Refugee Highway Partnership to spend time with displaced people. Beyond Soundbites Podcast invites you to join Jacob and the RHP on a journey to rediscover the personhood behind the term "refugee," the meaning of home, and the presence of God in the stories of displaced people.

    12 - Second Baptism and the God Who Sees (part 2)

    12 - Second Baptism and the God Who Sees (part 2)

    As we prepare in coming months to address asylum issues in Central America and the U.S. Southern border, we pause for a bonus Q and A with author Karen Gonzalez. Her family migrated to the U.S. from Guatemala in the 1980’s. Karen talks about her book, The God Who Sees. She answers more questions about the role of stories in raising awareness, the variety of voices needed for effective advocacy, the nuance of language, and more.

    • 30 min
    11 - Second Baptism and the God Who Sees (Part 1)

    11 - Second Baptism and the God Who Sees (Part 1)

    Through the story of her second baptism in South Los Angeles, author and immigrant advocate Karen Gonzalez challenges listeners about how our vision of refugees and immigrants compares to God’s perspective. This episode includes a reading from her book, The God Who Sees, along with an author Q&A about ministering to and with immigrant communities in mutuality.

    • 27 min
    10 - The Long View

    10 - The Long View

    Daniel Yang is a church planter and a Hmong-American born shortly after his parents arrived as refugees in 1979. We close this sequence with a message he delivered at the 2018 RHPNA Roundtable. Daniel weaves together three narratives: his own family's displacement, the history of refugee resettlement in the U.S., and the exile-restoration motif expressed in Isaiah chapter 43.

    • 32 min
    9 - Form and Structure

    9 - Form and Structure

    We move from conflict regions and countries of asylum to the country that has traditionally accepted the largest number of refugees for formal resettlement: The United States. What are the domestic ramifications of the travel ban as a policy and a symbol? How are people involved in direct ministry to refugees and asylum-seekers responding?

    • 19 min
    8 - Land of the Living

    8 - Land of the Living

    Fourteen months after Jacob's trip to Turkey, we get back in touch with Peter, Hannah, Romin, Oge, and Dariush. In the process, we get a glimpse of how two years of reduced U.S. refugee resettlement feels from the international side. Featuring music from Shayan Ariyan. 

    • 27 min
    7 - Tears and Prayers

    7 - Tears and Prayers

    The next four episodes explore what has transpired in the landscape of displacement since President Trump announced a "travel ban" two years ago this week. To set the stage and get perspective, we start with the story of an Iraqi woman displaced to Turkey in the 1990's.

    • 17 min

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