Where are the refugees? This is a question refugee resettlement agencies and Christian advocates having been asking in recent months. March 31st marks the halfway point for FY18 and the administration will have resettled less than 10,000 refugees. Despite lowering the resettlement goal from 110,000 in FY17 to 45,000 refugees this fiscal year—a historic low—the U.S. is currently on track to resettle fewer than half of that figure. This news is in the context of the greatest refugee crisis in recent history — 22.5 million refugees have fled their homes, longing for safety and a future.
Welcoming refugees has been a faithful response of the Christian Reformed Church for decades. CRC members have seen the face of God in refugees, and they’ve been forever changed. When we welcome refugees, we catch a glimpse of the kingdom of God. We can only continue the kingdom work of resettling refugees if the U.S. maintains a strong, robust resettlement program. Consider the ways your congregation and family can advocate alongside refugees and remember them in prayer.