Tweet This Generally immigrants look ahead to establishing a new life, while refugees look back wishing they could return home.
I was invited by a neighbor to attend a seminar on welcoming refugees. It was not a religious event, even though it was presented by a Christian organization called World Relief.
To be honest, I thought there might be 50 people in attendance. I was pleasantly surprised to show up to a full parking lot and approximately 250-300 people inside. It was an informative evening with a lot of interest and interaction. I believe many indicated their interest in:
- opening their home for a refugee family for 4 to 14 days when they first arrive and need rest and some basic orientation
- coming alongside a refugee as a “Cultural Companion” for 6 months to help them learn how things work
- serving as an English language helper in a classroom setting.
The “near frontiers” are embracing most Americans it seems. I have never witnessed so much conversation about immigrants and refugees.