What is World Relief's philosophy on how we serve the most vulnerable?

See the below links to learn how we approach the task of refugee resettlement.

Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)

World Relief is a proud member of the CCDA, a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities holistically restored. We believe that God wants to restore us, not only to right relationship with Himself, but also to right relationship with our own true selves, our families and our communities. This restoration is not just spiritual but also emotional, physical, economical and social. Christ-followers are ambassadors of this restoration, not by offering mercy alone, but by undergirding mercy with justice.

When Helping Hurts

Relief: Urgent and temporary provision of emergency aid to reduce immediate suffering from a natural or man-made crisis. When refugees first arrive to the United States, they are in need of relief aid and services.

Development: A process of ongoing change that moves all the people involved– both the “helpers” and the “helped” - closer to being in right relationship with God, self, others and the rest of creation. As refugees resettle, they are in need of development services, not services that create dependency.

“Development is not done to people or for people but with people.”

Taken from chapter four of Corbett and Fikkert’s When Helping Hurts.Volunteers are highly encouraged to read this book because it will help them understand how to serve refugees in a healthy way.

Evangelism Vs. Proselytism

These terms are often confused or interchangeably. World Relief promotes an evangelistic approach, but does not condone proselytism. Take a moment to read through this page to learn how we define these terms and how we seek to be evangelistic.

Refugee Partnering Process

This page provides a brief overview of how we pair our volunteers with refugees and their families. 

Showing up consistently:

  • Sustainable, long-term involvement is always preferable to short-term involvement. It is most beneficial for volunteers to focus on one aspect or one group of refugees over a long period of time, than doing multiple things for a short period of time. 

  • Volunteers are to be committed to establishing long term, extensive relationship with the refugee community. They are to show up when they say they will show up and to consistently be in the lives of the refugees who they are befriending. Relationship takes time and continually showing up and reaching out means a lot to the refugee community. It can be hurtful to refugees to interact randomly with people who come and in and out of their lives without notice. 

For a more thorough explanation of our mission to empower the most vulnerable, feel free to take a look at this video:

Moving From Betterment to Empowerment