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Why Independence in South Sudan Matters.
South Sudan marked its fourth Independence Day in the midst of ongoing conflict. Jenny Yang, World Relief’s Vice President of Advocacy, outlines 4 ways for the American Church to pursue peace in South Sudan. Read Story
Want to stop people from joining groups like the Islamic State? Try tackling core problems first.
Taking cues from grassroots peacebuilding efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo, World Relief President and CEO, Stephan Bauman, suggests that increasing access to opportunities for meaningful civic involvement can curb Islamic State enlistment. Click here to read more.
What Is the 'Biblical' Approach to Educating Undocumented Immigrant Students?
Click here to read this recent CBN article and hear Shapri LoMaglio from the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities discuss financial aid for undocumented students from a Christian perspective.
Drought Pushes Turkana Herders to Farming
Click here to listen to a recent VOA interview with Darren Harder, World Relief's South Sudan Country Director. (Interview begins at 7:04)
Drought Pushes Turkana Herders to Farming
Farmers receive high value seeds and technical expertise to boost harvest.
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New Poverty-Fighting Alliance Launches
April 15, 2014, by Kate Tracy, Christianity Today - - Two influential poverty-fighting agencies are taking their efforts to the next level. To serve impoverished peoples more effectively, World Relief today announced plans to join forces with another, considerably smaller, Christian nonprofit—German-based PartnerAid. Read Story
Baltimore CEO’s Education Complements Humanitarian Mission
January 20, 2014, by Keisha Oduor - - Right here in Baltimore, many less-fortunate residents are lacking basic necessities for survival. While the space between surviving and thriving is deemed immeasurable, a glimmer of hope still wavers in the air of Baltimore and other cities when charitable aid saves lives. Read Story
To See and Be Seen
January 2014, by Belinda Bauman - - In the world’s “most dangerous place for women,” the greatest fear isn’t rape or death—it’s being forgotten. My heartbreaking experience in a displacement camp for the people of Congo. Read Story
How Churches Can Help Without Hurting After Super Typhoon Haiyan
November 8, 2013, by Jamie Aten - - Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines as one of most powerful typhoons or hurricane recorded in history. As church leaders and members watch the events of the storm unfold, many are likely asking themselves how they can help. Read Story
Immigration Reform Moving Forward Despite Shutdown, Evangelical Leaders Say
October 10, 2013, by Morgan Lee - - Even though the government is shutdown and political leaders appear to be unable to work together, evangelical leaders say that immigration reform is moving forward. Read Story
365 in five
September 22, 2013, by Bethany Ziegler - - Members of the Women Who STAND advocacy group wrap up an extreme cycling event this weekend to raise money for others Read Story
Congo's Superhero Moms
September 23, 2013, by Belinda Bauman - - An American mother journeys to a Congolese refugee camps to speak with mothers there about their hopes and dreams for their children and their war-torn country. Read Story
Building Peace in the Heart of Darkness
May 23, 2013, by April Burbank, Christianity Today - - Local Congolese Christians nurture new efforts to end chronic violence as UN adds new brigade. Download Story
Welcome the Stranger: Convincing Evangelicals to Support Immigration Reform
April 23, 2013, by Sarah McHaney, PBS Newshour - - Ray Suarez spoke with World Relief's Jenny Hwang, the co-author of "Welcoming the Stranger," a book published in 2009 urging evangelicals to look at comprehensive immigration reform based on biblical principles. Read More
An evangelical prayer for immigration reform
April 17, 2013, by Jenny Yang, Washington Post - - Today, in Washington, D.C., hundreds of evangelicals from across the country gathered to worship, pray and meet with legislators to advocate for immigration reform as part of the Evangelical Day of Prayer and Action for Immigration Reform. Read More
Seeing Immigration From a Church's Perspective
April 4, 2013, by Quan Truong, Chicago Tribune reporter - - Matt Soerens was flown to the White House to meet President Barack Obama and named a Champion of Change for his immigration work through World Relief. Read More
World Relief CEO: Global Aid Programs Need to Break Down White Savior Image
February 24, 2013, by Napp Nazworth - - In efforts to help the global poor, Christians need to listen, build friendships, and break down the power gap with those they serve Read More
Still Human
November 1, 2012, by Lynne Hybels and Belinda Bauman - - A glimpse inside the untold stories of women in Congo Read More
The Fight Against Human Trafficking in the United States
October 30, 2012, by Don Golden and Amy Hewat - - In a recent address to the Clinton Global Initiative, President Obama called human trafficking "modern day slavery" and "one of the great human rights causes of our time." Read More
Apartment-building fire claims everything from refugees
World Relief Columbus, August 22, 2012
The refugee families displaced by a North Side apartment-building fire on Monday night will have to rebuild their lives yet again. Read More.


World Relief Welcomes Forms and Guidelines for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - August 2012
World Relief welcomes the release by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the application forms and process guidelines for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The day has finally arrived for eligible immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to take a step towards becoming more fully integrated into our society. Download more information.


Friday, June 15 - On the heels of  Tuesday’s gathering of evangelical organizations and leaders endorsing the Evangelical Immigration Table, President Obama announced that the United States would immediately grant administrative relief to young people who would be eligible for the DREAM Act. Download World Relief CEO Stephan Bauman’s statement here.


Liberal, Conservative Evangelicals Unite for Immigration Reform - June 2012
WASHINGTON – Evangelicals from across the political and racial spectrum have come together to voice their support for comprehensive immigration reform. Read More


Evangelical Leaders Unite to Flex Political Power in Support of Immigration Reform - June 2012
Today in Washington, D.C., several of the nation's most prominent evangelical Christian leaders will join together to announce a statement of principles. Read More


Justice 2.0, Stephan Bauman - May 2012
Justice is trendy today. Shop for something “red” to stem the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Buy a bottle of pure drinking water to help the billion people who survive without it. Download the article from Relevant Magazine.


The Gospel and Immigration - May 01, 2012
If you want to disrupt a beautifully harmonious dinner party, all you have to do is bring up the radioactive issue of immigration. There might not be a more heated political topic in contemporary American life. Read More


The Gospel and Immigration - May 01, 2012
If you want to disrupt a beautifully harmonious dinner party, all you have to do is bring up the radioactive issue of immigration. There might not be a more heated political topic in contemporary American life. Read More


Civilians Bear Brunt of Sudan, South Sudan Violence - May 01, 2012
World Relief is calling on the international community to intervene in the growing tensions between South Sudan and Sudan. Read More


Are We Still Dedicated to Peace in South Sudan - April 26, 2012
On July 9, 2011, the country of South Sudan etched its hopeful borders onto the world map as the youngest state today. However, this new state is not born innocent with time to develop and grow...Read More












World Relief Restructures Leadership Team to Seize Opportunities and Strengthen its Impact. For more than 70 years World Relief has empowered the local church to serve millions in some of the hardest places in the world. Over the past five years, World Relief has stepped out in significant ways. The organization developed a standardized philosophy, curriculum and set of tools to significantly increase and measure its global impact. Read More
 World Relief Opposes H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act. The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, which would create an extra layer of certification in order for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to come to the United States as refugees in addition to additional reporting requirements. World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, is strongly against this legislation and urges the United States to continue to welcome and protect Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Read More

World Relief Official Statement on the Recent Attacks in Paris and Beirut We are deeply saddened by the horrific acts of violence that recently occurred in Paris and Beirut. We join Christians throughout the world in praying for the victims and their families, as well as the survivors, that they may find peace and safety again in their countries. We also pray for the ongoing loss of life in Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere where conflicts rage. Read More
Statement from Stephan Bauman - President of World Relief
The Global Refugee Crisis: A Unique Moment for the Church
 In 1944, in response to the devastation and displacement of millions of refugees caused by World War II, the people of Park Street Church in Boston resolved to forego meals and send the money they would have spent on food to what they called the “War Relief Fund.” Read More
Statement from Stephan Bauman - President of World Relief
 Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States will increase the number of refugees admitted into the United States from the current level of 70,000 to 85,000 in Fiscal Year 2016. Read More
Statement from Stephan Bauman - President of World Relief
EVERY AMERICAN CHURCH CONGREGATION SHOULD WELCOME A REFUGEE FAMILY   We are calling on President Obama to increase our nation’s refugee intake to 200,000 (in- cluding 100,000 from Syria).  Additionally, we believe, every American Church Congregation can welcome a Refugee Family into their community.Read More
World Relief’s Stephan Bauman Joins Faith-Based Organization Leaders in Issuing Call and Commitment to End Extreme Poverty by 2030
Stephan Bauman, President of World Relief, joined over 30 leaders from major world religions and heads of global faith-based organizations today to launch a clarion call to action to end extreme poverty by 2030, a goal shared by the World Bank Group. Over 25 years the world has gone from nearly 2 billion people to fewer than 1 billion living in extreme poverty. Now, for the first time in human history there exists both the capacity and moral responsibility to ensure that no one has to live in extreme poverty’s grip.Read More
World Relief supports relief for millions of immigrants in our country that will be realized by the President’s announcement; however such Administrative actions fall short of what we have been advocating for which is legislative immigration reform. The President’s executive action will help keep us secure and keep families united in the short term, but Congress must take the lead on enacting real reform that boosts our economy and keeps families intact.  Read More
Eradicating Modern Day Slavery
Amy Hewat and Kathleen Leslie, World Relief — Modern day slavery is known as human trafficking. It includes forced labor as well as sex trafficking. Shockingly, it is the fastest growing criminal industry worldwide. Read More
Three Years On: The Crisis in South Sudan and What the Church Can Do to Bring Peace
July 9, 2014 - Stephan Bauman — South Sudan's hard-fought independence was achieved on July 9, 2011 with celebration and hopeful expectation. Exactly three years later the young country tops the list of the most fragile countries in the world and finds itself in the midst of a deadly conflict and on the verge of a famine. Read More
One Year Later: Still Awaiting Immigration Reform
July 8, 2014 - Jenny Yang — As Congress dithers to pass reform laws, opportunities for exploitation, abuse, and trafficking abound. Read More
Joe Biden: No ‘red card’ on immigration
June 26, 2014 - Seung Min Kim — Vice President Joe Biden had a clear message for immigration advocates in a private meeting Thursday: We’re not giving Congress the “red card” on reform. Read More
Biden Says No ‘Red Card’ for GOP on Immigration
June 26, 2014 - Reid J. Epstein and Laura Meckler — A day after Congress’s biggest cheerleader for immigration legislation declared the effort dead, Vice President Joe Biden insisted it is still alive. Read More
Unaccompanied Minors are "Uniquely Vulnerable" to Trafficking
June 26, 2014 - Emily Roenigk — According to the UNHCR, we can expect to see as many as 60,0000 unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. from Central America and Mexico this year. Read More
Partner Aid Joins World Relief Family Leading Humanitarian organizations affiliate to fight for the world's most vulnerable.
BALTIMORE – April 15, 2014 – World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Partner Aid, a German-based, nonprofit providing humanitarian aid in six countries in North Africa and Asia since 1998, announced today that they will join together under the World Relief family name.  Read | Download

Leading Justice and Human Rights Advocates Convene at the Justice Conference - Bernice King to Speak at Fourth Annual Conference in Los Angeles
BALTIMORE, — January 16, 2014 —The Justice Conference, a two-day annual event that focuses on justice-related issues such as human trafficking, slavery, poverty, HIV/AIDS, and human rights, will be held at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles and at satellite locations across the country on February 21-22, 2014.  Read | Download

World Relief to host fourth annual Justice Conference in Los Angeles and via satellite locations across the country
BALTIMORE, — OCTOBER 8, 2013 —World Relief, an international relief and development organization, announced today that The Justice Conference will be held at the Orpheum theater in Los Angeles from February 21-23, 2014. Read | Download

Baltimore Advocacy Group Gears Up For A Five Day, 365-Mile Charity Bike Ride to Support World Relief
Women Who STAND/Baltimore will bike throughout Maryland to help raise funds for women and children affected by human trafficking and HIV/AIDS Read | Download

World Relief Commends Senate’s Historic Vote to Pass Immigration Bill
June 27, 2013 - World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, commends the Senate for passing today the bipartisan immigration reform bill S. 744,  The  Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Read | Download

World Relief Honors the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in the Fight to Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation
May 17th, 2013 - Faith-based organizations recommit support for The Global Plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keep their mothers alive Read | Download

World Relief Commends Recommendations by the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking
April 15, 2013 - World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, commends the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Read | Download

White House Honors Matthew Soerens As a “Champion Of Change”
March 26, 2013 - World Relief’s US Church Training Specialist Honored for Work Supporting Common Sense Immigration Reform. Read | Download

President of World Relief Stephan Bauman Meets with President Obama, Urges Ongoing Leadership on Immigration Reform
March 8, 2013 - World Relief President and CEO Stephan Bauman met with President Obama today in Washington, D.C. to discuss how the faith community can work with Congress and the Administration to pass immigration reform. Read | Download

World Relief names new Chief Marketing Officer as part of global expansion strategy
February 1, 2013 - World Relief announced the appointment of Amy Lucia to Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, effective March 1, 2013. Read | Download

World Relief Commends the President and Members of Congress on Framework on Immigration Reform
January 30, 2013 - World Relief commends the leaders of both parties and the President for taking the necessary steps forward in addressing much needed reform of our immigration laws. Read | Download

Conservative Leaders Push for Action on Immigration Reform in 2013
Washington, DC - - Over 250 faith, law enforcement and business leaders from 26 states gathered today at the National Strategy Session to debut newly energized efforts — including Capitol Hill visits with key lawmakers — to push for broad immigration reform in early 2013. Read | Download

2013 Hunger Report Calls on U.S. Leadership to End Hunger Within a Generation
Washington, DC, November 19,2012 - - A new report issued today by the Bread for the World Institute reveals the extraordinary progress many countries around the world have made in achieving the development goals they agreed to 12 years ago. Read | Download

World Relief Commends President Obama’s Recent Executive Order to Fight Human Trafficking
BALTIMORE, Sept. 26, 2012 - - World Relief, the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, applauds the bold steps that the Obama administration took this week to recognize victims of human trafficking and establish concrete steps to end modern day slavery. Read | Download

Baltimore Advocacy Group to Bike 365 Miles to Support World Relief Programs in Malawi and Cambodia
Women Who STAND/Baltimore rally eleven local women to participate in Ride/365, a five-day charity bike ride trveling throughout Maryland this month. Read | Download

World Relief Immigrant Legal Services Department Expands Foreign Born Religious Worker Program 
World Relief will help represent Christian organizations in their employment based visa petitions before the Department of Homeland Security Read | Download


World Relief CEO Stephan Bauman and the Evangelical Immigration Table take on Capitol Hill in a campaign for comprehensive immigration reform Read | Download

Human Rights Report Highlights Plight of Ethnic Chin Christians from Burma, Co-authored by World Relief’s Director of Advocacy and Policy, Jenny Yang, the report details the situation of 100,000 Chin people seeking Refuge in Mizoram State, India Read | Downloa

Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder to Speak at The Justice Conference, Ben Cohen will join leading roster of justice and human rights advocates at the 2012 conference Read | Download

World Relief Commends the Administration's Recent Announcement of the Review of Cases in Deportation Proceedings Read | Download

2,776 miles. 7 Days. 8 riders: The Race for Congo Rides into Baltimore World Relief CEO Stephan Bauman Cycles across America Read | Download

World Relief Commissioning Stephan Bauman as President, CEO on May 12, 2011
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