Stand for Immigration Reform

 Did you know that since 2009 World Relief has made efforts to see and stand for justice in our immigration system here in America? With the recent election behind us, now is one of the most hopeful times that we as Christians can make a non-partisan stand to see immigrants (both documented and undocumented) treated fairly and compassionately. We also desire to see our national laws reflect Biblical values and be enforceable to boot.

A Tragedy Befell Jacksonville Refugees

On Friday, October 13, a tragedy befell refugees in Jacksonville. Ten refugees returning to Jacksonville from their job on the late shift at Pilgrim’s Pride (a chicken processing plant) west of Jacksonville were involved in a fatal accident. Two Burmese refugees were killed and 8 other refugees (seven Burmese and one Bhutanese) were injured, at least two severely. The deceased, both men, leave behind wives and 9 children between them. The accident was caused by a car driving onto I-10 going the wrong direction and crashing into the refugees' van.

Befriending A New Refugee Family

 Mandarin Baptist Church Volunteers Prepare the Way for New Burmese Family Arriving in Jacksonville!

Home Sweet Home

   Thank you Mandarin Baptist Church for welcoming a new Burmese family to Jacksonville.  11 volunteers from Mandarin Baptist Church came together to set up the apartment for a refugee family who will arrive this week. This group collected furniture, home goods and food to prepare the way for this family.        In less than 4 hours an empty apartment was transformed into a haven of beauty.  Donated furniture, pictures for the walls, accent rugs and family heirloom flatware grace this new home.

Who Is My Neighbor? - An Evangelical Forum on Immigration

 

"Who Is My Neighbor?" An Evangelical Forum on Immigration

This past Monday (March 12th) World Relief Jacksonville hosted a luncheon called “Who Is My Neighbor?” a forum on Immigration. It was a great learning experience for our staff and community leaders.  We now have an understanding of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and how we can advocate toward this change.  Hearing the needs of undocumented immigrants can be overwhelming at times. But it is important to press through the obstacles and do our part in standing for these vulnerable people in our community.

World Relief has developed a simple acronym to show us how we can make a difference among undocumented immigrants.

We suggest several steps: PLEASE .....

Open House...Open Hearts!

Open House...Open Hearts!

We had over 150 people walk through our doors on Valentine's Day.  Hearts with "LOVE" written in multiple languages decorated the hallways and rooms.  Our staff dressed in their native clothing to represent their home country.  Representatives from local churches, universities, government & non-profit agencies and businesses toured our facilities.   Presentations from our staff and refugees were held at multiple times throughout the day.  Hearing the story of World Relief and testimonies from refugees gripped the hearts of the listeners.  Future volunteers and supporters of World Relief will arise from this year's Open House.

Giving it Away...

Saturday morning, around thirty teenagers and adult chaperons from Alachua (FL) drew a crowd at Robin's Nest Apartments by giving away several hundred articles of clothing, dozens of shoes, and a number of children's books. The youth group from Living Covenant Church spent the day playing games, teaching Bible stories, doing puppet shows, sharing lunch, and building friendships with the refugee kids who live there. Robin's Nest, on the southside of Jacksonville, is home to dozens of Burmese families.