Afghan Refugees Need Your Help
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Jesus said this in a sermon about the behavior he expects of those whose lives reflect the grace and love of God.
Following the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, we have a profound moral obligation to assist with the welcoming of Afghans.
More than 130,000 U.S.-affiliated and at-risk Afghans have been evacuated, of whom 44% are children. For the tens of thousands who have or will soon be arriving in the U.S. with humanitarian parole, safety will only be temporary. This temporary status thrusts Afghans arriving with humanitarian parole into legal uncertainty for the future since it does not provide a pathway to permanent status.
Ellen Andrews, North Carolina Area Director of Church World Service (CWS) will be joining us for an informative 30-minute webinar interview.
North Carolina is welcoming Afghan refugees daily. You may be wondering how you can get involved and help to welcome our new neighbors. Join Rev. Jaye White (Director of Outreach Ministry) and Ellen Andrews (NC Area Director, Church World Service) for a webinar at 12:00 noon on Thursday, December 2 that will provide helpful information.
Recognizing that local United Methodist churches want to play a role in resettling Afghan refugees, UMCOR has started a brand-new program where local churches can be reimbursed up to $1,000 for expenses involved with helping to resettle Afghan refugees. The Afghan Refugee Resettlement Reimbursement program will reimburse up to $1,000 per local United Methodist Church
We’ve all seen the news reports of the evacuation of thousands of Afghan citizens fleeing the Taliban. Many of us want to help the refugees arriving in North Carolina, but do not have the capacity to host a family by ourselves. Church World Service in Durham has posted an update about how individuals can help.