Recommendations from Blacknall partner World Relief Durham:
- Add your name to a letter signed by church leaders who urge against family separation at the U.S.-Mexico Border. In addition to the letter, here is a link to the World Relief petition for asylum-seeking families forcibly separated at the border.
- World Relief has also set up a page for donations to help fund legal support, advocacy, and church mobilization at the border.
- The Evangelical Immigration Table provides resources for "preaching God's heart for immigrants." There are outlines and suggestions for responsible preaching about immigration.
- There is also a Bible study curriculum called "Welcoming the Stranger." It is designed to lead small groups in thinking through immigration and faith.
- World Relief has a free e-book that explains who refugees are. This is particularly helpful in educating other people about the refugee experience.
- Consider taking the "I Was a Stranger" Challenge with your congregation, which will lead you through scripture passages regarding foreigners and strangers.
- World Relief's U.S. Director of Church Mobilization Matthew Soerens commented about the situation on CNN, a feed that you can view here.
- Commit to volunteering at World Relief's Summer Youth Program (July 10-August 2, Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 9-12 p.m.). Although this is not directly connected to the border issue, we need your help in sending a strong message of welcome and belonging to children of refugee families here in the Triangle. Visit our Summer Enrichment Program webpage to learn more and sign-up.
- A national event called Fast for Familias took place on June 29, which called Christians to fast and pray for families at the border. While this event has passed, you can learn more on their website.
- Along with World Relief's need for volunteers, we are looking for transportation for our Summer Enrichment Program. If you would be willing to lend a van or a bus to our program, please contact Zach Bond.
Photo from World Relief Durham