In June 2019 the UN Refugee Agency reported that nearly 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide. According to the BBC, this is the highest number of displaced people the agency has ever recorded. As Christians, we are called to welcome and love the strangers in our midst. We are called to care for those who have been persecuted. Yet when the need is so great, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some tangible ways that you can help refugees and displaced people.
for refugees and their homelands
Only God can end the refugee crisis. Only God can bring the healing and peace our world needs. But God hears your prayers. This makes your prayers an important form of advocacy. Through prayer, you can advocate for healing, peace, and safety that only God can provide.
for refugees and displaced people
The journey from fleeing a community that is no longer safe to settling in a new home is often long, difficult, and dangerous. You can advocate for governmental policies that make finding refuge safer and more accessible to those who need it.
Contact your local, state and national legislators to learn about their views on immigration, displaced people and international humanitarian aid, and encourage their support of legislation that provides for the safety and security of those in our world who are forcibly displaced and are seeking refuge.
refugees and immigrants in your community
Biblical hospitality is extending privilege across difference. It’s treating outsiders like insiders. Refugees and immigrants who come to your community are outsiders. Their life experiences, language, and cultural background are probably different than yours. But through hospitality, you can make your community a welcoming place for them to build a new home.
4 ways you can welcome the stranger
Participate in refugee resettlement in your local community. Contact your local refugee resettlement agency for more information.
Reach out to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in your community and build authentic relationships with them. Assist them in making sure that every day needs are met.
Create a culture of welcoming and hospitality to refugees and displaced people in your church, local schools and medical facilities, libraries and other municipal buildings, etc.
Start an ELL (English language learner) or ESL (English as a second language) class in your church or community.
with organizations focused on helping refugees
There are many organizations committed to ministry with refugees and displaced people. You can increase the impact of this important work by getting involved.
provides many services related to the care of refugees and displaced people, including refugee resettlement and advocacy.
has resources for education and worship focused on immigration and refugee issues, as well as an advocacy center.
joins with communities impacted by war and oppression to strengthen families, meet their needs in times of crisis, and create nurturing environments that allow children to reach their full potential.
Reformed Church in America missionary and Refugee Ministries Coordinator for RCA Global Mission, to discern how God might be calling you, your church, or your community to care for refugees and displaced people.
to organizations and ministries focused on refugees and displaced people
Helping refugees settle safely in new homes requires resources. Your generosity with your time, talent, and financial contributions can make a big difference.
— DONATE —
Donate new and gently-used clothing and housewares to local refugee resettlement agencies.
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Start a new ministry serving the needs of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in your church, or allow non-profit agencies who provide services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers to use your church facilities.