E3 Refugee RelieF
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” James 1:21
To embrace, equip and educate women and children who are displaced.
Many women and children of Afghanistan are in great distress and in need of God’s loving intervention. There are nearly six million Afghans who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Recently resettled refugee populations have displayed a high risk for generational poverty and social assistance dependence.
Yet, our new Afghan neighbors bring great gifts to our community. Gifts of evident resilience, courage, adaptability, cultural diversity, experience, vocational skills, and life-learning. The Afghan collectivist culture has much to teach radically individualistic Americans.
How can we create a transitional model for newly displaced persons that will position them for personal thriving?
As our new neighbors arrive, it is our desire to offer wrap-around, relationally-oriented services that lead to long-term stability and thriving in communities across New England.
As Christ followers, across New England, welcome these new neighbors we will grow in our alignment with the heart of Jesus.
New Neighbor Journey
- Create a soft landing for our new Afghan neighbors.
- Provide basic necessities, trauma care, intensive language learning and a safe place to recreate the rhythms of life that lead to flourishing.
- Walk alongside our new Afghan neighbors as they settle into their own home in a new community.
- Accompany their self-directed journey of employment and education as we enter a time of mutual learning.
- Continue the journey of mutual accompaniment as we journey together to success.
- Create an extended-family ethos of encouragement where we celebrate and reach milestones together.
Local Church Journey
- Create a relationship with an Afghan family unit who are new neighbors.
- Enter a journey of vulnerable, reciprocal disclosure as each person begins to know one another across cultures and experience God’s goodness.
- Learn the heart language of another people group and discover how to share Christ’s love in the resettlement process.
- Deepen your church’s understanding of what it means to make strangers into friends.
- A single family from your church community will become extended family to your new Afghan neighbours.
- Building a strong social base will provide the generational resilience and strength that leads to long-term thriving.