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Blessing Not Burden | March 28, 2018
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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.

Raise Your Voice for Refugees

Join today’s national call-in day to share your concern for refugees and urge Congress to support refugee resettlement! In the midst of this global crisis, it’s critical that the United States continues our strong tradition of welcome. Voicing your support for refugees will encourage our members of Congress to speak up for refugees and defend U.S. refugee resettlement services, a truly lifesaving program.

Urge your elected officials to stand up for a strong resettlement program!

Change the Conversation

“As citizens of God’s kingdom, we of all people know that a country is not just an economy. Rather it is a community—one that, by God’s great design, thrives when strong families are serving one another in love. Let us never advocate for immigration policies that welcome others to that community on the condition that they abandon those whom God has placed closest to them.” Continue reading >

Welcoming Refugees: It's Who We Are

Welcoming refugees is part of who we are as the Christian Reformed Church. It always has been. For decades now, CRC members have discovered the face of Christ among those seeking refuge—and the story continues. Check out our photo album to see stories of CRC congregations who have heard the call to welcome the stranger and have responded joyfully. Do you or your church have a story to share? Send it to kherbert@crcna.org. Continue reading>

Learn the Facts

It's time to unlearn that immigrants are a burden. Scripture, our own experiences, and truths about the economy and our communities teach us immigrants are a blessing. Did you know that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people who were born in the U.S.? Neighborhoods with a high number of immigrant families have lower crime rates, and immigration status alone often means decreased crime rates in a neighborhood.

Check out our unlearn page to reconsider the ways immigrants and refugees shape our communities and contribute to the economy. Unlearn here >

Prayer for Refugees

If you’re struggling to find to the words to pray with your congregation, consider using these words to lift up refugees: “Lord Jesus Christ, We remember that in your infancy you were a refugee. The political leaders of your country sought to end your life, and so your parents fled with you to another country in secret. We don’t know how long before you were able to return to your home and your people.

Help us, O Lord, to grow in compassion for those who are displaced from their homes in our day. Help us not to see them only as problems, statistics or threats. Help us to see refugees as fellow humans who have been forced to flee their homes, and as people who have gifts to share with us.”  Continue reading >

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Meet Your New Immigration Organizers!

We contracted three immigration organizers to walk alongside churches as they engage the issue of immigration in three regions: Jason in Iowa (left), Kinga in the Pacific Northwest (top right), and Tomas in California (lower right). If you're interested in exploring the ways your congregation can learn more about immigration or get connected, fill out this form or email our immigration coordinator, Kelsey Herbert, at kherbert@crcna.org.

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