Our work at World Relief Durham is rooted in the Christian faith tradition. Because of these Christian roots, we not only feel called to serve marginalized families and individuals escaping persecution, but also to publicly advocate on their behalf. Proverbs 31:8-9 provides us with the scriptural framework for this advocacy work, saying, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and the needy”. Speaking up on behalf of persecuted refugees in need is a well-established, deeply rooted part of the Christian tradition. Educating our community about the realities refugees face, speaking with our political representatives to ensure that they are legislating in ways that are compassionate and hospitable, and advocating at a local level on behalf of refugees are all vital aspects of the work we do here at World Relief. Refugees are not voiceless—everyone has a voice—but we believe that lending our voices to theirs in order to support the needs and concerns of refugees is not only a moral imperative, but a Scriptural one. Read below to find out more about how to use your own voice to advocate and raise awareness for refugees.
What is it like to be a refugee? What is the journey of a refugee like?
We encourage those seeking ways to advocate to consider using your voice and your vote to make a change. The links and suggestions below are great ways to learn more about what you can do today.
- Host an event at your church or local organization to educate on awareness
- Host a prayer night for our nations leaders and the decisions they are making, as well as for the millions of refugees around the world.
- Fill out the postcards to our NC senators (Download here: Postcards to the Legislator)
- Write letters to the editor in your local newspapers calling our leaders to action
Sites for Reference
- NC Justice Center
- NC Council of Churches
- The Evangelical immigration table
- That God would sustain the millions of refugees escaping persecution around the world
- That God would give our country's leaders wisdom and compassion as they draft legislation directly affecting immigrants and refugees
- That the Church in the Triangle would continue to welcome refugees into the Triangle with love and compassion
- That refugees would continue to integrate and flourish in the Triangle through World Relief's programs and its partnership with the Church and wider community
- For more prayer requests, check out the 40-Day "I Was a Stranger" Challenge