Welcoming the Stranger: An Overview

[Video from World Relief Spokane]

The Nations Have Arrived in the Triangle

God has brought the nations to our doorsteps. The Bible is filled with instructions 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:

World Relief Durham and refugees 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 refugees. 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:

World Relief Durham 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 refugees in the Triangle. Additionally, a partnership is mutually beneficial. WRD wants to be in the 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 a partnership with WRD, contact a church engagement specialist.


In community with the local church, World Relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially and spiritually. WRD currently engages with dozens of churches of different denominations, backgrounds and sizes in ministry to refugees. 

WRD is committed to partnering with and equipping local churches to be a part of ministry to refugees and those who are seeking safety and opportunity in the United States. We want to encourage more churches along the pathway to ministry. If your church is new to refugee ministry, or you would like to educate your congregation on the refugee community, consider hosting engaging in RISE. Click below for more information (coming soon).

For more information on how World Relief partners with the local church, check out our Church Engagement Brochure



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