We are witnessing the greatest displacement of people in recent history--- 65 million. The numbers are staggering and incomprehensible, but we must remember each individual seeking refuge is made in the image of God. As Christians, we have a unique opportunity to use our biblical call to welcome the stranger and defend the cause of the most vulnerable to speak into this moment.
It is more important now than ever to share with your elected officials in every level of government that you support welcoming refugees into your community.
The US has been and continues to be a strong leader in refugee resettlement. The United States’ refugee resettlement program saves thousands of lives each year, encourages other countries to continue welcoming persecuted people, and promotes global security. We must raise our voices to ensure refugee resettlement remains part of the fabric of who we are as a nation.
The Christian Reformed Church also has a strong legacy of welcoming refugees, regardless of religion or country, into our communities and congregations. In the past we’ve welcomed Vietnamese, Cambodians, Cubans, and West Africans. Today, CRC members across the US and Canada continue this tradition by welcoming refugees from Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Burma, and more. These individuals have testified how their lives and congregations have changed because of welcoming--- they are receiving the blessing of welcoming a stranger, just like the Bible tells us. Welcoming refugees is a part of who we are as the CRC.
We can only continue the kingdom-work of resettling refugees with a strong, running refugee resettlement program. Demonstrating your support will empower legislatures to speak up for refugee resettlement, a life saving program that defines us as Americans and allows us to follow our call as Christians.
Tell your representatives in government that you support refugee resettlement in your community. Share how you’ve been blessed by welcoming the stranger.
Thank you for your strong advocacy on behalf of refugees in the past. Your voice is still needed.