Has your church ever stepped out in faith—on short notice—to seize an opportunity to serve your community?
Bethel Presbyterian Church has been faithfully serving the Korean community in Howard County, MD, for forty years. Recently, however, they’ve responded enthusiastically to a sudden unexpected and unprecedented opportunity to partner with others from a multitude of cultures and backgrounds to serve the broader community during the ongoing pandemic.Read more
“When you know what’s happening, there’s a point where you are responsible to help.” -Rachel
Rachel* and her husband Mark* had seen hopelessness in a country where jobs are scarce and the threat of violence is real. They saw the complexity of immigration from the side of those who feel the need to leave, but it wasn’t until they were faced with helping a Honduran child stuck in the murky waters of the U.S. system, that they truly understood how complex immigration really could be.
They had lived in Honduras for over a decade working at a boys’ home for teens who lived on the streets. She and Mark, now living in the U.S., heard from a close friend in Honduras. “Francesca* is a faithful, compassionate person,” Rachel says. She was married young and had several children, but was struggling to support them. Her husband had been looking for reliable work for seven years and his family was part of a family feud in which people had been killed and he felt their lives were in danger. In January 2019 he left with their 11-year-old son, Ruben*, to try to get to the U.S.Read more
“This is what God's called me to, and I can't not do it.”
About seven years ago, already into her early 50’s, something started to change for Carla. She had been a Christian since she was eight but says she was just content with going to heaven. When she decided to truly put God first in her life, the Holy Spirit started to change her heart toward people. “I started seeing people the way God sees them, like I’ve never seen before,” she says. Her views about immigration began to shift as well.Read more
Women of Welcome is a diverse group of Christian women. Together we are creating a movement of Christlike welcome. Meet Lynne, one member of our community. Lynne and her husband - along with their four sons - were missionaries in Africa for twenty-five years. In 2015, their children now grown, they made the decision to leave Africa and return to the States. Their ministry abroad had focused on sharing the love of Christ with their neighbors, and their experiences in another country had shaped them and their family as well.Read more