Partnering with Local Churches

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Welcoming the stranger (the “immigrant,” we could say today) is the most often repeated commandment in the Hebrew Scriptures, with the exception of the imperative to worship only the one God. And the love of neighbor (especially the more vulnerable neighbor) is doubtlessly the New Testament’s constant command … Whatever the cause of immigration today, there can be no doubt as to where the Church must stand when it comes to defending the immigrant. – Theologian Orlando O. Espin

One of God’s causes is the sojourner, alien, stranger. We, at World Relief Minnesota, believe that God intends the Church to welcome and care for the stranger – who is now our neighbor. World Relief Minnesota is here to empower the church to serve the sojourner, the alien, the stranger. We can facilitate relationships among churches and with refugees, train churches on how to support refugees with our expertise in refugee social services, provide programs for churches to join or adopt, and provide cultural insights into the cultures of the predominant ethnic groups residing in the Twin Cities.

World Relief Minnesota is taking up the cause of the Refugee and we desire to serve churches as they rightfully take up the cause of the most vulnerable in our midst.

Here are some rich descriptions of migrants:

A sojourner is a person who resides temporarily in a place. One who sojourns.
We are strangers before thee, and sojourners. 1 Chronicles 29:15. Another translation of this verse reads, “We are only foreigners living here on earth for a while, just as our ancestors were. And we will soon be gone, like a shadow that suddenly disappears.”

An Alien is foreigner residing in a country.
The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. Psalm 146:9

A Stranger is one who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance; A foreigner, newcomer, or outsider; A visitor or guest.
For I (Jesus) was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, Matthew 25:34-36

Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their home country and are unable to return because of a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, nationality, religion, or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

world relief MINNESOTA,

in conjunction with local churches, carries on the following programs:

Citizenship classes
Community-church gardens with Karen refugees
Rajo Ministries
Refugee Life Ministries
Somali Adult Literacy Training

World Relief Minnesota is taking up the cause of the Refugee and we desire to serve churches as they rightfully take up the cause of the most vulnerable in our midst.

For more information, see the ““Get Involved”” tab

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