The Lord defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.
Perhaps your heart broke over the images splashed on the news and your social media feeds back in August. Pictures of people so desperate to flee their home country that they would crowd airports and climb on top of jetliners in hopes of making an escape. Of the 130,000 Afghans that fled this summer, about 50,000 are expected to resettle in the U.S. and 300 individuals will be welcomed to Columbia to try and rebuild their lives.
City of Refuge is a local non-profit that helps refugees develop the skills they need to thrive in their new environment. Earlier this month, Molly sat with Debbie Beal, Director of City of Refuge, to discuss the influx of refugees to Columbia and how the church can both bless and be blessed by our new neighbors.
You can listen to the conversation here
For more ways to get involved including financial partnership, serving as a homework helper, being an english buddy, or just helping sort donations check out the City of Refuge website here
Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri is the local organization that the government partners with to do the actual resettlement of refugees. You can check out service opportunities here