A New Opportunity to Serve

As Redeemer continues to joyfully serve our neighbors in many ways, a new branch of our serving has become a reality. In September, a group of 8 members formed RER (Redeemer Engaging Refugees). The group is focusing on how we can educate ourselves to help and serve refugees. We have found two organizations that will help us meet these goals. Join RER members in January as we learn and grow in many ways.

January 8th 9:45am-10:45am – World Relief Chicagoland

For over 40 years, WRC has been welcoming refugees and immigrants in venerable situations as they rebuild their lives in the Western Chicago suburbs. A Christian humanitarian organization bringing sustainable solutions to the world’s greatest problems, including mass displacement. You may remember in September, we filled 3 duffle bags with hygiene products for those arriving on buses from Texas. We will meet Rev. Keith Draper from World Relief Chicagoland.

January 15th 9:45am-10:45am – Exodus World Service

Exodus World Service mobilizes the Christian community to welcome and befriend refugees through education about their plight, connecting volunteers with refugees through service projects, and empowering people to be champions for refugees. We’ll learn from Jason Mohn about EWS, especially about the Fleeing for Your Life program that is scheduled for the next week.

January 22nd 9:45am-10:45am – Refugee stories

Learn about Ethnic Grocery Care packs, and panel discussion with RER members including an Ethnic Coffee Hour. Please join for an informational and delicious hour.

January 22nd 1:00-2:00pm Fleeing for Your Life

A refugee journey simulation. In this interactive simulation, we’ll take on the roles of refugees forced to flee their homeland, making tough decisions along the way. This in-person, immersive experience engages participants through compelling true stories and discussion questions. Please look for sign up for this event in December. Limited to 40 individuals. If we have enough response, we may add a second simulation.

Welcome to America! Pack

Also through Exodus World Service, turn an empty apartment into a home for a needy family by collecting and delivering basic household items for the kitchen, bath, bedroom, and a month’s supply of food staples. You’ll meet a refugee individual or family on the day they arrive and personally welcome them with these essentials. We will collect items in January and store until a family is in need. Look for the item sign up in the weekly email blast.