As the photo of Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old Syrian boy who survived a recent bombing in Aleppo, reminds us: refugees endure harsh circumstances on a daily basis requiring the world's compassion, support, and protection.
This month, the United Nations General Assembly and President Obama will each host a summit to address the global refugee and migration crises. On September 19, the UN will be hosting a high-level summit to address large movements of refugees and migrants. The next day, President Obama will host a Leaders’ Summit on Refugeesto encourage global leaders to make significant new commitments towards increasing financial support, resettlement, education, and employment opportunities for refugees.
As people of faith, we are called to love our neighbors and to welcome the refugee, the foreigner, and the stranger. Jesus himself was a refugee, and taught us that when we welcome a stranger, we welcome him. Please join us as we stand with the "least of these" and advocate for more compassionate, hospitable, and just policies for refugees and migrants.
Send a postcardurging President Obama and Congress to take the necessary steps to protect and assist the millions of people fleeing war and persecution worldwide.
Thank you, as always, for taking action to welcome and offer protection for refugees. We pray that our leaders will act urgently to uphold our country’s long and generous tradition of welcoming men and women seeking a safer, better future for themselves and their families. Our country and our communities are stronger when we Stand for Welcome.
Acting Director for Advocacy Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service