//IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE CARE
Pray

For the families stuck in danger and uncertainty as a result of legislation in the United States – that the US will increase refugee arrivals in 2018 to 75,000.

 

31-day prayer calendar specific to the Syrian crisis.

 

For an overall softening of people’s hearts towards immigrants and refugees, that church members would view them with love as brothers and sisters in Christ; 

 

For the numbers of Syrian refugees in need of new homes right now

 

For those who have been persecuted for their religious beliefs abroad and are seeking asylum; 

 

For those women who have been victims of domestic violence and/or systemic gender oppression in their home countries, and who wish to immigrate somewhere that they are valued as daughters in Christ; 

 

For the unaccompanied minor children who enter our borders with nowhere to go and nobody to provide for them;

 

For the undocumented immigrants already within our borders – that ways would become available for them to legalize their status, and in the meantime, that they would have confidence in their personhood and identity. 

 

For all immigrants and refugees who live in poverty, that they wouldn’t struggle to find employment and provision for their families;

 

For divine inspiration and calling on the church to align itself with and/or take on advocacy for immigration reform, as it has already done with other political issues of religious freedom, pro-life beliefs, and family values. 

 

For there to be some yield in the housing crisis in King County – that property owners would lease to refugees without rental history and that people would open their homes and their neighborhoods without hesitation or fear. 

 

For higher paying jobs to be available for skilled and educated refugees – that they would find avenues of growth and  mobility in their new community. 

 
Learn

 

Books

 

  • Welcoming the Stranger by Matt Soerens & Jenny Yang

  • When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

  • Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge

  • Unlikely by Kevin Palau

  • Seeking Refuge by Bauman, Soerens, Smeir

 

Q Commons / Ted Talks

 


 

 

Education – Individual

 

Education – Small Groups

 

  • Have a book club as a group, where you can discuss books/movies about refugees together.

  • Go through the Welcoming the Stranger small group guide, a 9-session experiential learning group guide meant for small groups or adult education classes.

 

Education – Church

 

 
Host a Drive

  • Provide the most needed household supplies for newly arrived local refugee families.

  • Connect with a local resettlement office to find out their most pressing needs for furniture and household items.

  • Send Welcome Kits for new families; or prepare a kit yourself. 

  • Look into local relief organizations and see what kinds of donations are accepted

 

Small Group        

 

  • Consider placing collection bins at your apartment or condominium complex.

  • Gather items for just one area of the welcome kit, and ask other small groups to gather items for another area (i.e., one group does kitchens, the other does cleaning supplies).

 

Church

 

  • Place collection bins in your lobby.

  • Consider engaging your children’s ministry, or youth ministry, in collecting items.

  • Engage small groups to participate in sorting and delivering items 

 
Volunteer

 

 

 

 
Provide Housing

 

 

Provide emergency housing for new arrivals or asylum applicants:

 

One of the most urgent and practical needs of new arrivals is the need for housing. If you have a spare room or rental space you can make available for a family in transition consider partnering with World Relief Seattle or Puentes Seattle

 

Contact Ralph Rowland for more information.

 

 
Write Letters

 

 

You can write a letter to an immigrant who has been detained to encourage and support them: