In the fall of 2015, the world’s attention turned to the plight of the Syrian refugee crisis, wherein 1.8 million people migrated to Europe in 2015. At that time, UPPC began discerning what our response to this great need should be, and reached out to the largest refugee resettlement agency in the area, World Relief. UPPC’s discussion with World Relief led to a partnership and a new UPPC refugee ministry called, “Safe Haven”.
The congregation’s response to the Safe Haven ministry has been amazing. The love of Jesus was evident in everyone’s compassion, generosity and support. Monetary and in-kind donations exceeded expectations, and so did the congregation’s enthusiasm for volunteering to fix up the Safe Haven house and help our our first family, the Qaders. The Qaders have been truly overwhelmed by all of the generosity and love from UPPC. (Check out the Safe Haven article for an update on the Qaders and the Safe Haven ministry.)
UPPC hopes to receive new families into the Safe Haven house every 12-18 months, allowing the blessings of Safe Haven to multiply years to come. But, UPPC’s partnership with World Relief doesn’t end with Safe Haven. There are several other opportunities for you to make a lasting impact on a refugee or emigrant’s life through World Relief. Go to http://worldreliefseattle.org/volunteer to learn more.
Interested in helping refugees at Safe Haven? Contact Lisa Woicik – firstname.lastname@example.org.