In Luke’s gospel, Jesus tells a story of over-the-top neighbor love demonstrated by a good Samaritan (Luke 10:25–37). This story redefines what it means to love the stranger and care for their needs, and we have an opportunity to step out in faith and obedience: over the next few months, the DC area is expected to receive around 850 Afghan refugee families—many coming only with the clothes on their backs. Fleeing from the trauma of war, entering a new country and culture, and lacking the resources to begin afresh is overwhelming, and we have the opportunity as a church to welcome these individuals and tangibly show them the love of Christ.

Respond to the developing crisis

Many of you in our congregation have asked the staff and leadership how we as a church can respond. We’re listening to you and to local organizations as we try to formulate a helpful and strategic response as a church family.

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With the goal of making a concerted effort, we have created a relief fund for our church to deploy once our plan of action is clear. On this form, you can also sign up to get updates on our support efforts.

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OTHER WAYS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT

The DC area is expected to receive thousands of Afghan refugees and we have the opportunity to welcome these individuals and tangibly show them the love of Christ.

At the moment, there are several government-approved organizations engaged in this important work, such as Catholic CharitiesLutheran Social ServicesWorld Relief, and Bethany Christian Services. Because of their expertise in the area of refugee resettlement, we recommend these organizations as a starting point for individual engagement.

We have set up an assistance fund to come alongside Afghan refugees as needs arise. Please email Matt Lietzen for more information.


Thank you in advance for helping us love our new neighbors!

Our prayer is that our church would shine brightly and beautifully in this dark moment, and that God would use our efforts to help people see Jesus and put their faith in Christ.

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Contact

Matt Lietzen
Assistant Pastor of Missions
[email protected]