“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt” (Leviticus 19:33-34)….“For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself'” (Galatians 5:14).
We are living in a time of unprecedented disorientation and dislocation for millions of people – people of faith and conscience must do what we can to stop this trend, and we can begin by welcoming those who are arriving in the U.S. to create a new life. To that end, Peace, along with John Calving Presbyterian Church and Ravensworth Baptist Church, in partnership with Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) and Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSS/NCA) have just finished a series of dinner and film screening events that aimed to educate our communities on the refugee crisis on a macro level, but also the particular ways in which individuals and congregations working with resettlement agencies (LSS/NCA) can support refugees coming to this country. LSS/NCA will be the resettlement agency that connects our group with a family seeking refuge here, through their Good Neighbor Program. ACCA is financially supporting the effort to welcome the family and set them up with assistance for living expenses for the first year of living here. Thank you to both of those organizations for their ongoing work and dedication!
So, what’s next?
On September 8, 2018, from 5-8 pm, we will host a volunteer orientation and cultural awareness training event at Peace. At that orientation, we will detail the number of ways that an individual can volunteer and provide information about the culture of the family we will be sponsoring.
Please note: after that orientation, there will be one additional training session and background checks required for volunteer roles that include ongoing involvement with the family (i.e. for tutoring – not all volunteer roles are long-term, there are shorter term and one-time opportunities to help also).
Once the orientation and necessary training/checks are done, LSS/NCA will match our group with a family seeking to make a new life here in Northern Virginia. You can find out more about the process here.
If you are interested in giving your time and care to support a newly arriving refugee family, contact Nadia@sharingpeace.org with questions and/or interest.
Blessings and peace be with you as you discern if this is something you can invest yourself in.
Learn more about the refugee crisis:
Visit Amnesty International’s site to see “7 free short films about refugees…”