Immanuel’s Call to Action for the Afghan Refugee Crisis

Immanuel Church has a task force team working with Bethany Christian Services to determine ways for Immanuel to support and assist in the resettlement of the newly arrived Afghan refugees and those who will be arriving in the near future. The Afghan Refugee Crisis is unique in that individuals and families being resettled have less government provisions available than traditional refugees - less food, funding, legal resources, and housing provisions are set in place in the current emergency situation.

 

Bethany Christian Services is a nationally known organization with a lot of experience settling people and is one of the four organizations who are currently equipped to support the newly arrived Afghan refugees. At this time, 30 families are anticipated to resettle in our area in the next few months; however, beginning in the New Year, Bethany anticipates resettling closer to 200 more families.

01 Welcome Baskets for Newly Resettled Afghan Families

Beginning October 17th Welcome Basket Kits will be collected with purchased items specified on lists provided to us by Bethany. It is our goal to collect these baskets on two Sundays, October 31st and November 7th, and deliver them to Bethany for distribution.

Personal Care Kit

Bedroom Kit

Bathroom Kit

Consider filling a basket with your family or team together with some friends!

Cleaning Kit

Kitchen Kit

School Kit

02 Afghan Refugee Crisis Prayer Team Initiative

In addition to the Welcome Baskets, Immanuel Church’s Afghan Refugee Crisis Task Force team is looking for a Prayer Team to intercede and undergird the efforts of the resettlement process and for the families and all involved to experience God’s love in the midst of this crisis.

To sign up to be a part of the prayer team, stop by the display tables in the church lobby on Sunday, October 31st or November 7th. You can also us the SignUpGenius Link to sign up.

03 Other Ways to Help

FINANCIAL DONATIONS – Individuals are able to make a monetary donation towards the Welcome Basket Items beginning October 17th if he or she is unable to purchase items themselves. In addition to the current need to fill Welcome Baskets, Immanuel will be taking a love offering around the New Year as we look to directly support an Afghan family resettling in our area. The cost of resettlement for one family alone can be up to $10,000. At this time, 30 families are anticipated to resettle in our area in the next few months; however, beginning in the New Year, Bethany anticipates resettling closer to 200 more families.

DONATIONS OF TIME AND SERVICE - Prayerfully consider areas of volunteering and service to support families. The task force is looking for hands and hearts that are ready to act on a personal level with an Afghan family by helping in their daily lives. As a team we can work together to support a family resettling in our area.

 

Please fill out the google form below to let us know your interest and availability in volunteering your time, skills, and resources to the newly resettled families in our community.