God’s Word contains more than 300 verses that talk about God’s passion for social justice among the poor and oppressed in our world.  As many churches are discovering how to live out God’s heart within their own communities, World Relief provides opportunities for the Church to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a hurting world.  World Relief Jacksonville's (WRJ) ministry to vulnerable people groups, namely persecuted refugees and victims of human trafficking, is the conduit for social action among God’s people.

Lev. 19:33-34, “When an alien lives with you in your land, you shall do him no wrong.  The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself.”

WRJ is in the unique position to empower the local Church to serve the most vulnerable “among you.”  Our vision is “In community with the local Church, World Relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially and spiritually.” To meet and discuss how your Church can become empowered to serve the most vulnerable, please contact Travis Trice, Church Relations at (904) 448-0733 or ttrice@wr.org.

Church Engagement Opportunities: * At your church--

  • Host ESL (English as Second Language) classes
  • Host Job or Skills Training
  • Collect Donations
  • Host International Dinner or Tea
  • Host International Bible Studies or Services
  • Invite World Relief Staff to speak at your church

  * Church Groups--

  • Buy groceries for refugee families
  • Provide welcome kits for new arrivals
  • Apartment set up for new arrivals
  • Airport pick up for new arrivals
  • Host a Vacation Bible School or Kids Fun Day at apartment complex
  • Prayer Walks in apartment complex
  • Collect donations
  • English Tutoring at Refugee's home
  • Skills Training at Refugee's home
  • Become a Cultural Companion [friendship/advice/practice English/adjustment to America]
  • Bible Studies at apartment complexes [Men's/Women's/Mom's/Youth groups]
  • Apartment Outreaches [examples: April-Easter Egg Hunt for kids/August-School Supplies Give-a-way/November-Provide Thanksgiving Meal]

* Missions Support - Add World Relief to your list of Missions you support. Click here to GIVE.

* Prayer – Join us for our weekly prayer meeting held on Wednesdays from 8:30am till 9:00am at the World Relief Jacksonville Office.  Together we lift up the needs of the refugees, victims of Human Trafficking, our staff, and the countries we serve.  Visit our “Pray” page for more information.

* Refugee Simulation - Step into the role of a refugee who has fled his or her home and is waiting in a refugee camp for the chance to resettle.  ”Walk In My Shoes” is a great experiential teaching tool for youth groups and adult teams seeking to learn more about the Biblical perspective of immigrant ministry.  Simulations last one to three days depending on the size and needs of your group.

* “Adopt” a refugee for Christmas – Welcome newly-arrived refugees to America by providing Christmas gifts to them. Share the joy of Christ’s birth with refugees who will experience their first Christmas in America.  For some, it will be their first Christmas celebration ever.

* Resources – Welcoming The Stranger book and Learning Group Experience guide. The Welcoming the Stranger Learning Group Guide: Discovering and Living God’s Heart for Immigrants, a seven-session experiential learning group guide, is now available for free download. This resource, created by World Relief and the National Association of Evangelicals, is designed to be used by church small groups, Adult Education classes, or just an informal group of friends to help Christians think about the issue of immigration from a distinctly Christian perspective.  This Learning Guide contains seven unique sessions focused on a specific topic, like “Biblical Perspectives on Immigration,” “Immigration Policy, Past and Present,” and “The Facts about Undocumented Immigrants.”  Each Learning Group session is designed with five main components:

  •  Learning,
  •  Discussion,
  •  Prayer,
  •  Experience, and
  •  Going Deeper. 

The Guide is flexible and can be used to create an environment that moves a group of people towards action as an expression of faith. These Learning Group Guides are available for free if you are willing to have each participant in the Learning Group take part in a pre-experience survey and a post-experience survey to give us feedback on the Guide. 

If interested, please email Matthew Soerens and the guides will be shipped to you directly. 

You can also download it (and look at other resources) on www.welcomingthestranger.com under the “Champion” section, or you can order it from the NAE for $20.