With refugee and immigration needs bigger than ever, ministries across the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are stepping up to meet the need and reaffirming historic commitments to welcoming the stranger in our midst.
Week of Compassion has long been dedicated to the work of refugee resettlement. The ministry recently announced that its Board of Stewards has “reaffirmed the priority of refugee work and made the decision to invest more resources in supporting local congregations as they welcome new neighbors. In the weeks and months ahead, Week of Compassion will develop and expand its capacity and resources to provide tangible support for churches as they engage with their local resettlement offices and respond to local needs.”
To that end, Week of Compassion has posted a new position opening for an Associate Director of Refugee and Immigrant Response, who will work with local congregations and regional ministers to equip and connect congregations working with refugees and immigrants.
Disciples Home Missions also has a long-standing history and commitment to equipping Disciples to respond to Jesus’ call to welcome the stranger through Refugee and Immigration Ministries. The expansion of Week of Compassion’s refugee work has provided an opportunity for DHM to evaluate and reaffirm its work as well.
“At Disciples Home Missions, we are called to immigration, refugee resettlement and advocacy,” the DHM Board and President said in a recent statement. “We will continue in our Refugee and Immigration Ministries (RIM) that act on behalf of the displaced in partnership with the local and global church. Jesus calls us to spread His love, ministering to those in need. This transition is an opportunity for DHM to envision the future scope of immigration, refugee resettlement and advocacy ministry. Our plan is to develop a strategy for moving forward, to bring vision to how we can continue to advocate for immigration ministries. It is our mission and commitment to consider the ongoing needs of advocacy around government policy and initiatives, educating and providing resources to congregations. We ask for your prayers for DHM and WOC as we continue to have conversations around ways we can partner in this ministry together. We take this transition as an opportunity for renewed participation, engagement and commitment to centering justice ministries in our work. DHM continues its commitment to connecting people to the life changing love of God through this ministry.”
Questions about these ministries can be directed to Sheila Spencer, Interim President of Disciples Home Missions ([email protected]), or Vy Nguyen, Executive Director of Week of Compassion ([email protected]).