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World Relief Renews Commitment to Stand with Refugees and Immigrants


World Relief CEO Tim Breene and President Scott Arbeiter issue the following joint statement:

We congratulate President-elect Donald Trump on his election victory. Since 1944, World Relief has been pleased to work with Democratic and Republican administrations to advance a humanitarian mandate that is at the heart of the American ideal and at the heart of our theology as a Christian organization.

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World Relief Announces President Transition


World Relief announced today that its President, Stephan Bauman, has resigned to take up the position of Executive Director at Cornerstone Trust, a foundation based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, seeking to bring transformation to the least accessed and resourced regions of the world. Scott Arbeiter, former Chair of the Board of World Relief and former Lead Pastor at Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin, will assume the role of World Relief’s President, effective August 15, 2016. Scott will serve alongside Tim Breene, World Relief’s CEO.

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World Relief Restructures


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.

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World Relief Opposes HR 4038


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.

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Official Statement on Recent Attacks


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.

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The Global Refugee Crisis


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.”

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Local Churches Stand Ready


Statement from Stephan Bauman, President of World Relief – LOCAL CHURCHES STAND READY TO WELCOME MORE REFUGEES 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.

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