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Refugee Sponsorship in the United States for United Methodist Congregations

Samuel, Moses, and Abraham    For the last 15 years, refugees admitted to the United States have had to be resettled within a specified radius of a resettlement office of one of the major resettlement agencies. The United Methodist Committee on Relief participates in the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program (CWS IRP). A local United Methodist church wishing to sponsor a refugee family through UMCOR must be within a 100 mile radius of a CWS local affiliate office. There are 44 of these offices which provide essential services-- training for sponsors, referrals and counsel for refugees and sponsors. However many annual conferences and parts of annual conferences are outside these areas.

   Assisting refugees to begin a new life in the United States can be rewarding for all involved. The refugees benefit immeasurably from the friendship, assistance and entry into the community provided by church members. Pastors have attested to the spiritual renewal and a new energy for mission that sponsoring a refugee family has brought to their congregation.

Your church can be involved:

Consider support or sponsorship of a refugee family.

  1. If your church is within 100 miles of a CWS IRP affiliate office, contact UMCOR and the local refugee office and ask for information about the refugee program. Both UMCOR and the affiliate office will respond. You can also ask staff of the local affiliate to make a presentation on refugee ministry at your church.
  2. If your church is outside the resettlement area of a CWS affiliate office, contact UMCOR for information on another agency's resettlement office which is in your area.
  3. To support refugee resettlement ministries, give to Advance #982540, "Global Refugee Response."

   Photo: These young men, part of a a group known as the "Lost Boys of the Sudan" arrived on December 4, 2000 in Syracuse, N.Y., where they were welcomed by two United Methodist Churches. Read their story.

Contact Information

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UMCOR Refugee/Immigration Resources
Worship Resources - Refugees Resettlement Packet - Feature Stories.