"You also must love the foreigner, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt."
While I have addressed this already (see blog titled, "For You Were Refugees" from June 21) I felt that this topic warrants a brief revisit.
On the one hand, we now find ourselves in a cultural and political climate that is hostile to the foreigner, and we must step up and stand out as followers of Christ who love refugees, regardless of what laws, bans, or regulations are in place.
At the same time, I realize that my earlier post hit heavily on the "Why" without much practical help with the "How." Or, to put it another way, I explained that "you were foreigners in the land" without giving many tangible ways to "love the foreigner."
While there are many directions I could go (like, telling you to GO TO the refugee since many of them cannot come to us. I mean, we are Americans - we can travel easily to almost anywhere. Shouldn't we take advantage of that and bring the love of Chris TO those who are hurting, helpless and hopeless, living in refugee camps across the globe? Maybe I'll save that idea for another blog post) I want to highlight a specific opportunity we have RIGHT NOW, this month, to love the refugee.
One of our members is helping us partner with World Relief, an organization based in Clarkston, GA. Knowing that political violence, ethnic disputes and economic disparities displace millions of people a year, World Relief stands for the displaced by specializing in Immigrant Services & Refugee Resettlement in Atlanta. Every year, World Relief Atlanta's network of volunteers/partner churches resettle approximately 1% of all refugees entering the United States, providing language skills, job training and spiritual support to our new community members.
They are in need of donations, and we are going to send whatever we can collect - one small way for us to stand up and say, "We love the refugee!"
So, what do they need? Glad you asked:
- school uniforms
- khaki/navy pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers; white knit 'polo' shirts; sizes 5T - teen sizes)
- school supplies
- household products
- dish soap
- toilet paper
- hygiene products
Where do I bring it? Also glad you asked:
Starting THIS SUNDAY (3/5/17) and going through 3/26/17, you can leave any donations outside the office of our Mission Director (in-between 303 and 305 in Sanctuary Building). If you have any questions or need to arrange a larger donation drop-off, please email firstname.lastname@example.org