Mobilizing Local Churches
For 30 years, World Relief Spokane has been equipping local churches to walk alongside refugees and immigrants. Something holy and unique happens when faith communities unite to join God in the work of defending and befriending the vulnerable. Working together, we have the opportunity to embody God’s love by offering our talents, resources, and time to the work of welcoming the stranger.
Together, we can expand your congregation’s understanding of what it means to love, serve and learn from immigrants and refugees.
Host a Welcome Kit Drive
Refugees and asylees often flee their homes at a moment’s notice, arriving with few belongings. Welcome Kits provide the basic items needed to begin their journey in a new community.
Launch a Good Neighbor Team
Our Good Neighbor Teams are small groups of caring people who commit to walking alongside a refugee family for 6 months. Assisting the case management team to help them acclimate to life in America. They help with life skills, transportation, housing, and various appointments. But most of all they befriend those who are new to our country. Good Neighbor Teams are backed by the prayers & financial support of their congregation and motivated by God’s heart to serve refugees.
Individuals and small groups can dive deeper into issues affecting refugees and immigrants through this recommended reading list. Several of our World Relief produced books have small group study guides available for download.
“The work of caring for refugees and exiles is fundamentally gospel work…the mission field has come to us. If you want to make a difference in people’s lives, you don’t even have to leave town.”
– Joe Wittwer, Founding Pastor, Life Center Church
“We have a chance to love people first, and by our lives and our words share the gospel with those who never would have heard had they stayed in their home country.”
– Peggy Arendt-Pyle, Local Mission Leader