16 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
    • 4.9, 29 Ratings

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.

    16 - Seventy Percent Alcohol, Thirty Percent Aloe (Displaced During COVID-19 Part 4)

    16 - Seventy Percent Alcohol, Thirty Percent Aloe (Displaced During COVID-19 Part 4)

    This is the second half of our conversation with Bethany, a relief worker and missionary who supports migrant people and asylum-seekers in southern Spain. Last episode gave us the regional context and some of the issues displaced people typically face in Spain. Now we hear about how families at the center she and her team run fared in the weeks between March 14 and May 11. 

    • 14 min
    15 - The Straits of Gibraltar (Displaced During COVID-19 Part 3)

    15 - The Straits of Gibraltar (Displaced During COVID-19 Part 3)

    In part three of our displaced during COVID-19 series, we learn background on the Mediterranean migration routes and meet an American relief worker and missionary named Bethany, who lives in southern Spain. Bethany shares about some of the challenges asylum-seekers and migrant people typically face there. This sets the stage for better understanding the challenges introduced since the pandemic began, which Bethany discusses in the next episode. 

    • 17 min
    14 - Unraveled and Repurposed (Displaced During COVID-19 Part 2)

    14 - Unraveled and Repurposed (Displaced During COVID-19 Part 2)

    SJ Holsteen from IAFR Jonathan House in St. Paul Minnesota is a residential worker who lives with four women currently seeking asylum. She shares about the importance of safe and stable housing for asylum seekers during COVID-19. For additional information about how COVID-19 is affecting immigration hearings and asylum-seekers in the U.S., here are some links and recent articles: Executive Office for Immigration Review Website 10,000 Migrants Expelled at Border During CoronavirusNational Immigration Forum Legislative Bulletin - April 10

    • 17 min
    13- Bruce Willis in Juárez (Displaced During COVID-19, Part 1)

    13- Bruce Willis in Juárez (Displaced During COVID-19, Part 1)

    It's difficult to maintain a spirit of concern for displaced people when our own communities and families are riddled with uncertainty and pain. Yet our own frailty can become a point of empathy for those who have long persevered through isolation, instability, and loss. And empathy can become a springboard for sacrificial action.  In the next several episodes, we'll take a detour from planned production to visit people who are doing front-line work with refugees, migrants, and asylum-seekers in North America and beyond. I hope their voices, stories, and prayers will call us to generously support displaced people during COVID-19. In this episode, we visit a migrant shelter in Juárez, Mexico and speak with leaders from Abara Frontiers. 

    • 17 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

R-Ruth ,

Challenging, eye-opening and relatable

I was impressed with the level of respect and care given to the interview process in Beyond Soundbites. Jake Mau gives listeners a challenging perspective that forces us to reflect on our role in giving voice to displaced people while not using their stories for our own gain. Those who shared their stories of displacement were remarkably relatable in their desires for safety, family unity, and belonging. I admire their bravery in sharing. They truly are remarkable individuals. Overall, great podcast! 100% worth listening to!

Hrbonifa ,

Important and compelling podcast

I've been impressed with the compilation and structure of this podcast. The voices of refugees are front and center, giving the listener a unique opportunity to hear their opinions, ideas, and daily joys and struggles. The podcast explores faith and policy through comprehensive narratives of the people affected by them.

Sammypants27 ,

Nice

I really loved the closing episode! Jacob did a fantastic job of creatively and succinctly outlining the conclusions and limitations of his “research project!” Also, I appreciated the mini series with the goal of focusing on a part of the subjects’ identities that was not related to their status as a displaced person. Very person focused work! Great way to refocus for those of us who work with refugees daily and sometimes find ourselves exhausted in the work.

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