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Afghan Refugee Response
In the fall of 2021, as the government of Afghanistan collapsed and families were rapidly evacuated, Week of Compassion reaffirmed refugee response as an ongoing priority and employed increased resources, including the Afghan Welcome congregational grants, to support local churches.
Dozens of congregations, across multiple regions of the Disciples church, helped Afghan families to establish a new life in an entirely new place under deeply stressful circumstances. Out of the desperation and disconnect of this crisis, opportunity and community thrived. At every step, Disciples saw hope RISE UP ANEW.
With the news that hundreds of families would be arriving in Bowling Green, Kentucky, First Christian Church got to work. Thanks to their connection to the International Center, and a community partnership with the Islamic Center, collaboration was natural.
Once a house is secured, it still needs absolutely everything to turn it into a home. Heart of the Rockies Christian Church in Fort Collins, Colorado, connected with their friends at Plymouth Congregational UCC to co-sponsor a family.
So much of a daily routine could be taken for granted, but as families resettle, every single step requires assistance. Saint Andrew Christian Church in Olathe, Kansas, has made themselves available.
Sometimes, new families are able to find considerable support, but then an unexpected need arises or a resource runs out. First Christian Church of Falls Church, Virginia, knew they could help.
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