Get your Church Involved!
Refugees are survivors, leaders, teachers, artists, dreamers and laborers. They are children, forgotten, persecuted, made in God's image, our new neighbors and our future friends.
How can those of us receiving these families into our community best respond? Material needs and tangible service is helpful but the greatest gift we can give is friendship, community, belonging and acceptance as we value their stories, dreams and contributions.
Good Neighbor Teams - Mobilize family and friends from your church to befriend a newly arriving refugee individual or family for 6 to 12 months. Ways of providing tangible care include an airport welcome, apartment set-up, provision of initial food and clothing, transportation to appointments, school registration, community orientation, English tutoring and job preparation.
In addition to a Good Neighbor Team, see below to read about different ways to get your congregation involved with refugees in the Fox Valley.
Rally your Congregation
- Help your congregation better understand the refugee crisis by inviting a member of a World Relief staff member to speak at your church - email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Check out our "Learn More" page under "Serve The Vulnerable" in order to access additional information to understand the refugee crisis, and share it with your church.
- Download a Church Leader's Tool Kit on The Syrian Refugee Crisis. Click here for the link!
- Assemble and donate a self-sufficiency kit for an arriving refugee individual or family.
- Take an offering - organize a special offering at your church to support World Relief as it serves refugees. Checks can be sent to: 510 E. Wisconsin Ave. Appleton, WI 54911 with Refugee Crisis as the memo.
- Click here for other downloadable material to help lead your church to rally for the refugee crisis.