Partnering with World Relief

World Relief Spokane embodies our mission of empowering the local Church to serve the most vulnerable by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with churches in our community.

Refugees live in every part of Spokane. World Relief Spokane serves over 2,000 refugees and vulnerable immigrants each year. The Church has an open door to do cross-cultural ministry right here in our city.

World Relief has developed technical skills for serving refugees. But we cannot do this work alone. Church partners are vital in helping our refugee friends succeed in the community. Churches have what refugees long for most: relationships with American friends and families.

Engaging with refugees sharpens our faith, teaches us about the complexities of the world in very personal ways and deepens our understanding and empathy for the vulnerable.

 

Church partners commit to:

Church Liaison: Designate a point person to serve as the communication link between World Relief and your church.

Unique Ministry: Become involved in a ministry that fits your congregation’s strengths and interests. Examples include:

  • ESL classes, women’s teas, Good Neighbor Teams, Friendship Center involvement, sewing workshops, citizenship classes, supporting refugee youth, advocacy groups, etc.

  • Quarterly Meetings: Participate in quarterly meetings with other church partners for continued education and support.

  • Financial Giving: Support the work of World Relief in your church budget.

 

World Relief commits to:

Train: Provide training that helps churches engage cross-culturally with refugees.

Connect: Connect volunteers in your church with refugees, with a priority on refugees who live near and around your congregation. We will work with your church liaison to help you discern ministry opportunities unique to your congregation.

Support: Organize quarterly meetings where partner churches can share, learn from one another and work together. We provide training and teaching on topics related to interests and needs.

Empower: We will keep churches informed of local and national issues that offer chances for involvement and advocacy on behalf of refugees.

 

The first step is to invite a World Relief community engagement representative to meet with a few key people from your church to learn about this plan and to talk specifically about your church context and the needs of refugees near you. Email us at wrspokane@wr.org to get started.