The ELCA World Hunger Program and The Refugee & Immigration Task Force

The ELCA World Hunger Program provides immediate relief to those who are hungry, but it does so much more.  It helps people produce food & gain access to clean water, education, health care & sources of income which helps to make long-term, sustainable change.  It works through ELCA congregations, global companion churches & partners like Lutheran World Federation, Lutheran World Relief & Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service. A comprehensive approach, World Hunger works in 62 countries, including the US, with 347 projects.  Less than $.10 of every dollar is used for administration and fundraising.  Gifts can be made to ELCA World Hunger through your congregation.  Check out more details about our ELCA World Hunger Program at www.elca.org/hunger.

 

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 AMMPARO, ADVOCACY AND ACCOMPANIMENT:  A Workshop Event of the New England Synod World Hunger Team & the Refugee & Immigration Task Force:

Click here for the flier & registration form.  Attend either:

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 from 9 am to 3 pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Providence, RI

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Hartford, CT

Mary Campbell, Director of AMMPARO, will present information about AMMPARO & lead us in an experiential activity, migrating from Central America.  Workshops will be on:  Welcoming Congregations, Guardian Angels, Visitations in Detention Centers, World Hunger, Honduras, Advocacy & ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants, Foster Care for Unaccompanied Migrant Minors.   Please register by September 29th.  $10 registration fee.  Congregational World Hunger Advocates pay half-price.  If you would like to lift up ELCA World Hunger and our programs in your church, click here for the Congregational World Hunger Advocate Form.

  WELCOMING CONGREGATIONS: Take a stand and join with other congregations in the New England Synod and ELCA. Welcoming Congregations commit to:

  1. Welcome migrants
  2. Accompany migrants
  3. Pray for the children & families, and
  4. Consider participation in advocacy

This does not require a congregational vote, but a commitment by the pastor, leadership and a small team of members. Click here for the AMMPARO Welcoming Congregations sample letter and commitment form.

As a part of a Welcoming Congregation, you might want to participate in some of these activities:

  • Hold a Refugee Sunday, discussion guides for adults and for youth, litany, sermon notes, simulation activity, videos. www.refugeesunday.lirs.org
  • Host an International Dinner with people bringing food from their ethnicity, explaining their food & their stories of migration. Learn about current migrants.
  • Locked in a Box, LIRS: 60-90 minutes, video & discussion guide on our immigra-tion detention system & how communities are responding in faith and love. www.lirs.org/lockedinabox. The video is at https://www.lirs.org/detention-visitation.
  • Faith on the Move, LIRS: This 6-session study guide by Dr. David Vasquez brings Biblical characters to life & explores their migration, as well as our own stories of migration. https://www.lirs.org/faith-on-the-move

FUNDS:  New England Lutheran pastors working with migrants often find detainees in financial need.  A fund has been established so that contributions can be made to help provide detainees more food (men are often in need of more food than is served), phone calls, bonding & some legal expenses.  Questions?  Contact Bess Sproul at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Checks may be sent to:  The Bishop’s Discretionary Fund, Immigration & Refugee Ministry, New England Synod, 20 Upland St, Worcester MA 01607.  

ADVOCATE.  Contact your legislators.  Sign up for www.elca.org/advocacy. Check out:  http://blogs.elca.org and Advocacy Toolkit at Migration_Advocacy_Toolkit.pdf. Encourage others.

FOSTER CARE for UNACCOMPANIED MIGRANT MINORS:  If you live within 40 minutes from Waltham or Worcester, consider this: There is an urgent need for foster homes, long or short-term, for migrant minors from Central America, under 18 youth, often in shelters and awaiting foster care homes.  Also, foster care homes, long or short term, are needed for unaccompanied refugee children from other areas, under 18, who are awaiting placement while in refugee camps. Still another foster care program focuses on a short- term arrangement for over-18 aged youth.  Contact Orfa Torres, Recruitment & Retention Specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone, 774-243-3062. 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


Resources

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Learn more about ELCA World Hunger

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We also invite you to check out the ELCA's World Hunger Video Series, which is a series of shorts that "are perfect to show during Sunday morning offerings, temple talks, adult forums and youth group gatherings."

WATCH THE VIDEO SERIES


If you have questions or need help with this World Hunger effort, please contact Pastor David Rinas or Doreen Rinas.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   (978) 433-2645 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   (978) 433-2645

Resources

Order Free World Hunger Resources with no shipping charges.

Order Now

Learn more about ELCA World Hunger

Learn More

We also invite you to check out the ELCA's World Hunger Video Series, which is a series of shorts that "are perfect to show during Sunday morning offerings, temple talks, adult forums and youth group gatherings."

WATCH THE VIDEO SERIES


If you have questions or need help with this Synod World Hunger effort, please contact Pastor David Rinas or Doreen Rinas.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   (978) 256-6300

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   (978) 433-2645