We believe everybody has a responsibility to care for the poor. Asylum seekers certainly come into that category. In many sections of society there is resentment directed towards them. Indeed some people have questioned our actions. We believe we’re called to act with ‘open hands’ towards those destitute asylum seekers amongst us.
Open Hands was founded in 2007 by a group of Christians. The Bible is full of injunctions to care for the poor (so is the Qur’an and other religious texts). One example from the Old Testament is found in Deuteronomy. Here God’s people were commanded to care for the poor in their midst.
“If anyone is poor among you..in any of the towns of the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tight-fisted toward them. Rather, be open-handed and freely lend them whatever they need.”
“…There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open-handed toward your fellows who are poor and needy in your land”. (Chapter 15 verses 7-11)