The NCCUMC Refugee and Immigration Committee serves newcomers to the United States from all over the world. We help churches welcome these new neighbors, and we have special services to assist them as they flee violence, and use their education, training and skills to benefit our society.
Leviticus 19:33-34 says, “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”
One of the services provided is the Apex Immigration Service clinic
New opportunities for supporting the committee efforts are Advance Special giving through your local church. One new fund is the
Immigration and Sanctuary Legal Fund # S00299 These monies will support the financial needs of people currently in sanctuary in NC and offset some of the costs of the host churches providing sanctuary. The fund will also help with the legal fees from those who have participated in sanctuary advocacy and others who will advocate for sanctuary rights in North Carolina. The project will also provide funds for refugee and immigrant emergency immigration legal fees and support refugee and immigrant USCIS applications for benefits.
Also, family members have been separated from their loved ones, their children, their primary income providers and healthcare providers. This has caused emotional and financial stress on families. When the wage earner, or primary nurturer is removed from a family, people struggle and there are many unmet needs. There may also be legal fees as a result of arrests, even when no laws have been broken.
As Christians we remember the parable of the “Good Samaritan,” who Jesus lifted up as the neighbor who showed mercy. The Samaritan would have normally been perceived as an enemy of the Jews, and Jesus expanded our understanding of who our neighbors are, and what it looks like to take extraordinary steps to serve one another, even in unexpected circumstances. Our goal is to follow the example of Christ in meeting the needs of our neighbors who are suffering. You can support this ministry through the Samaritans Fund #S00298
There is also the ongoing Justice For Our Neighbors – JFON Clinic fund # S00198 which will help legal aid services with an attorney qualified to represent clients in the process of becoming citizens.
Please consider giving to any or all of these funds through your local congregation, with a note in the memo line with the Advance Special Number. THANK YOU!