Welcoming the Stranger
with Adrienne Morton, Refugee Services Coordinator for Lutheran Family Services Carolina.
Now more than ever there is a need for our community to come together and welcome the stranger. Refugees are one of the most resilient populations in the world. They have been forced to flee their country of origin due to persecution — or a well-founded fear of persecution — because of race, religion, nationality or political affiliation. Yet the journey is just beginning. Refugees can spend 17 years or longer in a refugee camp waiting for a durable solution, and for the 1 percent of refugees that are resettled in a third country such as the United States, integration is one more hurdle in their journey. So how can we as an American community and as believers in Christ better support this vulnerable population? What is the best way to accept, appreciate, and honor the journey they’ve endured?’