Accompanying the Displaced

Disciples resettled 1,204 refugees last year! The Disciples’ Refugee and Immigration Ministries program, under the leadership of Jennifer Riggs, is located in Disciples Home Missions (DHM) and supported by your Week of Compassion offerings. The largest groups came from Bhutan, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, and Somalia. Due to the Haiti earthquake, for the first time in many years a handful of Haitians were allowed into the United States, mostly for medical treatment. Also, an increasing number came from the Democratic Republic of Congo. We extend our thanks to all the Disciples congregations who were involved in various refugee and immigration ministries. 
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The Makola family, recently resettled from the Democratic Republic of Congo with the support of Crestwood Christian Church, Lexington, KY, pose for a snapshot.Key to Week of Compassion’s ministry of compassion, thanks to your gifts, is partnership. The Refugee and Immigration Ministries staff of DHM and the many congregations who have helped with resettlement make a huge difference in the lives of people fleeing violence, persecution, and dehumanizing treatment. If you would like to be part of this compassionate ministry, we invite you to partner with us and also explore how your congregation might get involved
We give thanks to God, who cares for all who sojourn in search of safety, shelter, and hope!