There is room for every one of our AGC churches to be involved to some degree in both local Compassion ministries and working in some capacity either locally or globally to bring hope to refugees.
79.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes.
26 million have been granted refugee status
4.2 million asylum seekers
3.6 million Venezuelans displaced abroad
2 million new claims for refugee status in 2019
40% of the world's displaced people are children
107,800 refugees were resettled in a new country in 2019
Over and over in our scriptures we see God's heart for the victim, for the marginalized, for the oppressed. God's people have always been His solution to the suffering of the world's vulnerable. In fact, as recipients of grace, it is through the pursuit of justice that we find our way to deep intimacy with a God who loves us and calls us into His work not only for the good of others, but for our own good as well. The work of justice therefore is as much about discipleship as it is about mission.1
So, how can your church get involved? The options below are generally listed from simplest to more complex possibilities.
If your church is able to put together a team of at least 5 people who can help a refugee family resettle in your community, but raising the full financial support required is prohibitive, there are 4 options available for your church to sponsor a refugee family:
If your church is able to put together a team of at least 5 people who can help a refugee family resettle in your community and raise the full financial support required for an individual or a family, then your church is in a position to sponsor a single refugee or a refugee family.
1 from The Just Church, by Jim Martin (c) 2012 Tyndale House Publishers