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Welcoming our Neighbors
The LORD defends the rights of the orphans and widows. He cares for foreigners and gives them food and clothing. And you should also care for them, because you were foreigners in Egypt. Deut. 10:18-19, CEV
“Today’s global refugee crisis is the greatest humanitarian need of our generation.”
Rich Stearns, President – World Vision US
We are witnessing an unprecedented period of global migration. Like never before in history, people are leaving their home countries to begin a new life in places completely unfamiliar to them. Some are immigrants. They are looking for better opportunities and a more comfortable, fulfilling life. Others are refugees. Because of their ethnicity, religious beliefs or political convictions, their lives are in danger if they remain in their country of origin. Driven by a hope to survive, they flee their families, culture and all that is familiar believing the risk of beginning life again is preferable to living in daily fear of survival.
“Welcome Home” provides opportunities for people in greater Seattle to “welcome our new neighbors”;
to assist them in simple, practical ways that may well make the difference between them thriving and disappearing between the cracks. Join us and make a difference as you remember:
- The need is great. Many well-run, competent organizations provide significant care and assistance to refugees and immigrants to the U.S. However, virtually every group will tell you, “We need more volunteers! We do not have the ability with our programs to do enough, for long enough. We simply do not have enough volunteers to address all the needs.”
- The solution is simple. Finances, food, clothing, transportation, childcare, community orientation: at some point most refugees and immigrants need help in areas like these. However, a far greater need is for someone to welcome them to their new community and walk alongside them as they address such daily, practical issues. Giving time to build supportive relationships is so simple. Most everyone can do it.
- The time is now. No one knows what new global events will produce more refugees; what new circumstances will motivate would-be immigrants. No one knows how our country’s leaders will respond. Right now, however, there are already thousands of new neighbors in our communities needing friendship and support. Right now, there are opportunities for you to make a difference!