Assemble Refugee Welcome Kits at your Congregation
As conflicts continue around the globe, there is increasing need for a global response to the refugee crisis. The greatest focus at this time is often placed on the Syrian refugees entering Eastern Europe. In addition to Syria, there are refugees seeking refuge from Iraq, Darfur, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and other nations. In 2016, they Moravian Unity Synod passed a resolution concerning refugees in response to this worldwide crisis. The resolution declares,”…the Bible calls us to stand up for justice, to be hospitable, and to protect the foreigner […] Because we believe in the God of love and justice who sides with the homeless and deprived through Jesus Christ, we encourage our congregations and members of the 15 worldwide Unity to side with the refugees, to lend them their voice, and to speak out against hatred and discrimination.” To read the full resolution, click here.
As a concerned Moravian and global citizen, what can you do?
Enter: Church World Service Kits
The BWM invites you to help the immediate relief efforts by putting together refugee welcome kits. Sometimes it is easy to look at all of the conflict and feel like there is nothing tangible that you can do. However, as a church or an individual, you can help make a positive impact on the life of a refugee by gathering with friends in your community to assemble kits. Church World Service (CWS) kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to families and communities in need around the world. In the handout below from CWS you can see lists of items needed for different kits to help give refugee families a head start as they seek placements and homes. Watch the following video to learn about the kits and see what kind of impact these kits can have!
Please download following handout (an example of one type of kit that you can put together) and consider if this is something you and your congregation would be willing to help take part in. Contact the firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have.