Welcoming Christ, the Refugee: Refugee Sponsorship at AIC
Dear <<First Name>>,
This past Sunday, we jumped ahead in the Christmas story to the Holy Family's flight to Egypt as refugees escaping King Herod's wrath. In Matthew's Gospel, we are told that the baby Jesus would have been among the children massacred if Mary and Joseph had stayed in Bethlehem or were turned away at the border to Egypt. The same holds true for the refugees of today.
This is not a unique story. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, there are stories of person after person seeking refuge in a foreign land. Because of this history, the Bible is clear about how we are to treat strangers: "Do not oppress a foreigner; you yourselves know how it feels to be foreigners, for you were foreigners in Egypt."
Yet even with such a clear command, our religious ancestors often failed to welcome the stranger and the refugee, and our world often fails to do so today as well. Here at the American International Church, though, we have an opportunity before us to change that narrative by joining with other institutions in sponsoring a refugee family.
As we prepare to welcome Christ the Refugee this December, we also begin the journey of welcoming a refugee family of today. I encourage you to read on to find out more about this emerging opportunity. And as you discover how you might personally get involved, may you be inspired for the season ahead and moved to serve God with us in new and expanding ways.
Missions and Ministry Intern