World Relief Durham is a proud member of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), which is a network of Christ-followers committed to seeing people and communities holistically restored. The CCDA's mission is to inspire, train and connect Christians who seek to bear witness to the Kingdom of God by reclaiming and restoring under-resourced communities. At WRD, we use the eight-part Christian Community Development (CCD) philosophy to direct how we reach the refugee population. You can learn more about how we incorporate each component of the CCD philosophy below:
We believe that ministry is most effective when it is done alongside and with our refugee community. We want to plan and build a community of believers that have a personal stake in the development of their neighborhoods.
We see our mission to reach the refugee population in the Triangle as a holistic one -- we're not singling out just spiritual or physical needs. We believe that God sees us as whole people, and we want to respond to others as such. Colossians 1:20 says that Christ will come to reconcile all things. We want to be part of that movement of reconciliation. Learn about volunteer opportunities here.
A key part of our mission at WRD is to take both the skills and needs of our refugees and establish connections in the right places. Redistribution brings new skills, new relationships and new resources and puts them to work to empower the residents of a given community of need to bring about healthy transformation.
Effective leadership is not stagnant. At WRD, we want to see Christian leaders move into communities and raise up new leaders, fueling mobilization on every front of our movement. You can learn more about our goals for leadership development by looking at our Mission and Vision.
Listening to the Community
From the outside, we can have a lot of ideas about the needs of a community. No matter how solid our intentions are, WRD recognizes that an essential part of developing a Christian community is to listen to those who are inside the community. We want to reach beyond the needs as we see them, and learn more about the desires and perspective of our refugee friends.
WRD's main mission is to empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable, because we believe it is impossible to develop Christian communities apart from the local Church. Jesus commands the Church to love her neighbor and her community. Here at WRD, we believe we're just a small part of mobilizing our local churches to serve the refugee community in truly transformative ways.
At WRD, we view people holistically as spiritual, physical and emotional beings. We believe that we can best serve the refugee community and the individuals with whom we partner by creating lasting solutions that approach various needs that are encountered. We want to do more than just meet the physical needs of our refugee friends. We aim to connect refugees to members of the local church and to provide them with practical ways to adjust to life in the Triangle.
Part of our mission is to empower the most vulnerable, restoring dignity to their lives. We are aware that often times, serving the poorest communities often creates dependency despite our best intentions. At WRD, we are committed to a way of serving that works to empower refugees in a way that will create lasting impact, and help them to become leaders themselves.
*The information on this page has been adapted from the CCDA website. To read more in depth about these principles, please see the CCDA Website.