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The Bible tells us that God is pleased when we help the poor and welcome the alien.
The United States and Canada receive thousands of refugees every year. Many come with little money and few contacts, and the help you and your church give them can surely change a life.
World Relief has worked to help resettle more than 160,000 refugees in the past twenty years. They work in partnership with local churches and offer services in the U.S. and abroad.
Following the Vietnam War, our family agreed to sponsor a refugee family from South Vietnam. I remember well the day in 1975 when my wife and I took our four children, ages 6 to 13, to Washington National Airport to welcome our new friends, a Vietnamese family—father and mother and their six children, ages 2 to 14—who had been flown to us from their temporary shelter at an Arkansas military base. In the rush of resettlement following the war, there was not much paperwork and no preparation. We had no idea what to expect. We just agreed that we wanted to help a homeless refugee family and would make the adjustments necessary to live together in the rather large parsonage provided us by Washington First Church of the Nazarene.
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