Note: Although World Relief Durham is a refugee resettlement agency, we have a vision of reaching all 160,000 newcomers (or foreign-born people) living in the Triangle. Therefore, we are in the process of modifying the S.E.R.V.E. Toolkit so that it can assist volunteers working with the greater newcomer community. However, some of the resources do apply strictly to refugees and refugee resettlement. Volunteers will see the word “refugee” when a sentence applies only to refugees, and “newcomer” when the sentence applies to the greater newcomer community.
The Nations Have Arrived in the Triangle
God has brought the nations to our doorsteps. The Bible is filled with instruction that the Church is to love those who have crossed over into our land. World Relief believes it is essential to partner with the local Church as a foundation for seeing the most vulnerable transformed economically, socially and spiritually. WRD pursues true partnership out of the genuine conviction that our vision cannot be achieved without the gifts, people, skills and varied resources of the whole Church.
God has blessed the Triangle:
WRD and newcomers in the Triangle are continually blessed by the network of solid, Gospel-centered churches in the area that God has empowered to selflessly leverage their lives for newcomers. Reaching the nations no longer exclusively means traveling across the world and engaging in international missions. Serving the nations is now part of both international and local, or “glocal” missions.
Pursuing a partnership with WRD:
WRD believes that true partnership with a local Church comes from both members of the local Church’s congregation and its leaders using time, talent and treasure to support newcomers in the Triangle. Additionally, partnership is mutually beneficial. WRD wants to be in relationship with the local Church, supporting it in prayer, time and resources. WRD wants to dream alongside the local Church. If WRD does not have the resources or assistance that a local church is seeking, WRD will use its network to refer a local church to another organization. If a volunteer or leader is interested in partnership with WRD, contact the church engagement specialist.