The international refugee crisis is reaching epic proportions and Nashville, deemed “the new Ellis Island,” receives large numbers of refugees each year. Once they arrive, however, they get very little transitional support. This year, World Relief, one of the major refugee support agencies in the country, had to shut down their Nashville base due to lack of support, leaving even more refugees to be cared for.
Our service to refugees is multi-faceted and based upon the needs they have expressed to us. We offer weekly Bible Studies, which is our most popular and well-attended function.
In addition, we provide drivers' training. Nashville is called a "transport hostile" city because of it's lack of widespread public transport systems. Because of this, many refugees are still in need of means to get around, whether that be to work or the grocery store or the hospital. This is a need they express, and we complied. We celebrate alongside them with every passing test!
Finally, we offer childbirth education and support to expecting mothers. Delivering a baby away from your home, family, and culture in a place where no one speaks your language is so challenging. (It's also the very way Jesus himself came into this world.) We provide childbirth education leading up to the experience, and doula support throughout -- giving them a hand to hold, an advocate in the hospital setting, and an encouraging presence in the family's transition.
How You Can Help
We are so privileged to offer hospitality to these precious people who have had to flee their homeland. You can help provide some of the basic materials we need to educate and empower refugees towards a successful future in a new country.
When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 19:33-34