When a spate of attacks on Indian students in Melbourne (and then later in other parts of the country), patient there were a heap of reactions. Some people fobbed it off as being coincidence that the students were all from the same nation, ed others were outraged at the apparent racist element in the community, still others protested that there was not enough of a police presence around public transport, etc.
But there is something fantastically Christ-like about the response of the Salvation Army:
“The Couch” – International Student Centre aims to provide a safe and free space at night time for international students studying in Melbourne to socialise, relax, rest, study, and seek information and assistance. “The Couch” will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5pm-10pm. The project will be specifically tailored to meet the needs of international students, such as language barriers, cultural beliefs, and specific needs.