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.

Refugee Christmas Project 2012

World Relief Refugee Christmas Project 2012 Each year, World Relief Jacksonville's Refugee Christmas Project pairs sponsors with newly arrived refugees to the city of Jacksonville. These refugees arrive in America with little personal belongings, sometimes only a bag of clothes. We want to help spread the Christmas cheer by providing joy to their new season of life.

Sponsors help refugees experience a warm welcome for their first Christmas in America by providing Christmas gifts. Gifts can be new or gently used and may be personally delivered [December 15th between 10am - 2pm] or dropped off at World Relief [December 10th-14th]. We can match you with refugees from Cuba, Colombia, Burma, Bhutan, Eritrea, Iran, IraN

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.

Small Things With Great Love

"Min ga la ba!" a new volunteer greets the young Burmese mothers who are seated on a rug in a crowded apartment. She has prepared for this meeting by learning several greetings in the language of her new friends. All of the ladies giggle, giddy to hear this American speaking in their language. Today was the first Burmese Moms' group meeting at Stonemont Apartments. Melissa, along with her mother, Rosita, will be spending time with these young mothers each week.

 

Change The World Weekend

* Kids Outreach at Eagle Rock Apartment Complex–

“Linda, Allison and Kathryn with family and friends went to Eagle Rock apartments to do a kids outreach and found another church was there already but this made it more fun.  The music was loud and the kids were all smiles-about 30 of them. They loved the music and the dances, songs, Bible story, and snacks. An interpreter was present.  Linda brought some crafts to do.  Our team join in with the children, helping and encouraging them to participate.  Everyone is ready to do this again.”

* A Home Visit to a Grieving Refugee Family–

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.

Beautiful People

We were recently blessed to have a very gifted photographer, (and my good friend!) Ginny Hobbs, take photos of our refugees. She captured moments in the beginner's English class and patiently coaxed these beautiful people into smiling for the camera! We have these photos blown up on the walls of our office and our clients love seeing their faces gracing our hallway. It's a pretty amazing thing to have "all the little children of the world" right here in our office and Ginny beautifully captured it with her camera.