The biblical call regarding foreigners and refugees is clear: we are commanded to love those who come to this country in need because God loves them (Deuteronomy 10:19), and because by serving them, we are serving Christ himself (Matthew 25:40). This is not only a calling that we are given throughout Scripture, but a personal reality that we have experienced firsthand in our church, as many beloved members and leaders have come to this country as refugees and immigrants.
Rainier Avenue Church partners with World Relief Seattle to care for refugees who have successfully passed the intensive refugee screening process. Our “10:19 Teams” are trained by World Relief to serve as their U.S. Tie, essentially standing in as their family away from family. We have already welcomed our first refugee family in May of 2016, and will be welcoming another at the end of this year. In addition, we are excited to announce that a church member has generously donated her home to be used as temporary housing for these refugees families when they first arrive in the country (the Naomi Cotton Friendship House).
There are several ways to participate in our 10:19 Ministry:
- Please donate towards the renovation of the Naomi Cotton Friendship House, which will be used to provide short term housing for our refugee families. This house was generously provided by a church member, and it’s location right next door from the church allows us to provide regular care for families. In addition, this house will also enable these families to build up rental history for the future. We are hoping to raise $15,000 for renovations in order to open the house by Spring 2017. All donations are tax deductible.
- Click here to see a list of items that we need for our next refugee family, arriving in December of 2016.
- Contact Gar Nishioka (firstname.lastname@example.org) if your small group is interested in serving as a 10:19 Team, or for more information.
Thank you for your support for this vibrant ministry!