Jesus deeply identified with the hungry, the thirsty, the sick, the naked, the prisoner, and the stranger. He says, “When you consider them and their plight, imagine that it is actually Me you are serving.”
From Rahab to Ruth to the Good Samaritan, the story of God has a place for the stranger, the foreigner, the outcast, the refugee. In fact, his story is often propelled by them. As Christians we are called to put the needs of others ahead of our own; to trade fear of the unknown for trust in the unseen; to suspend our doubts and rely on faith.
The Refugee crisis in our world is so large and seems so overwhelming that anything we do can feel insignificant, but it’s small moments that create significant actions that can change not just the conversation but individual stories. Since the beginning of the Syrian War in 2011 some of our partners like World Vision have been on the ground as first responders meeting basic needs and working towards long term solutions world wide. We are continually praying for displaced people, refugees and host countries, for government and NGO funding, for safety from trafficking and slavery, for peace in refugee communities, and for restoration of what is lost.
We want every refugee family in the DMV to feel welcomed and supported in our community and here are a few of the ways we are engaging: