The 7 Countries Hosting Thousands of Syrian Refugees  Published 10/8/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEA family

Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, more than 11 million Syrians are estimated to have fled their homes due to the conflict. Of these, approximately 4 million Syrians have crossed into other countries and are refugees. This is where they've gone: 1. Turkey - 1.9 million Turkey has taken... more

'I Still Have Hope for Peace'  Published 10/2/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMERefugee holds sign for world peace.

Every autumn the world celebrates the International Day of Peace, which this year focused on "Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All." Sedrick Ntwali is a former refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, founder and director of Young African Refugees for Integral Development, public... more

A Backpack Drive to Celebrate Refugee Sunday  Published 9/30/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (3)

This year, LIRS reached out to Lutheran congregations across the country, asking them to set aside a Sunday during the year, a Refugee Sunday, to celebrate the courageous journeys of refugees and the tremendous gifts they bring to our communities. [caption id="attachment_18782"... more

A Call for Compassion Toward All Refugees  Published 9/25/2015 in REDEFINING WELCOMEimage (1)

By now you've seen countless emotional photos of Syrian refugees in camps and in boats crossing the Mediterranean. Perhaps you have also heard of the women and children kept in detention centers here in our country. In the midst of the largest global refugee crisis in history, Lutheran... more