Posts Categorized: Refugee Ministry

What Does Being a Nation of Welcome Look Like?

How do we—as a community, a church, and a nation—care for the vulnerable?   This is a question we are compelled to examine, particularly when it comes to refugees and forced migrants. Whatever your opinion of U.S. immigration policies, people (such as those attempting to enter through our southern border) are living in precarious situations,… Read more »

Rebirth in El Salvador

RENACERES, Red Nacional de Emprendedores Retornados, is a network of Salvadorans who have been returned to El Salvador from the U.S. or Mexico. It is just one of the integral partnerships that the Reformed Calvinist Church of El Salvador (IRCES) has formed in launching a new ministry to returnees (a term they have chosen for… Read more »

National Call-in Day on March 27th: Speak Out for Refugees Caught in Limbo

It is hard to imagine that globally 68 million people— 25 million refugees—have been forced from their homes. Faced with the largest humanitarian displacement in modern times, the U.S. Government has set the lowest resettlement target since the passage of the 1980 Refugee Act for fiscal year 2019. And yet, of this lowest goal of… Read more »

PDA Visits to Ministries in Tijuana and San Diego

By Susan Krehbiel, PDA Associate for Refugees and Asylum At the end of February, PDA visited Tijuana and San Diego to learn about how local churches are ministering to and with asylum seekers who have made their way to the U.S. border in search of safety and freedom. We were accompanied by members of the… Read more »

Stories of Light in the Midst of the Darkness

The past few months have seen intense focus on the United States/Mexico border as the latest so-called migrant caravan approached, with some predicting mass riots and chaos that seemed in direct contrast to the thousands of people peacefully awaiting their chance to present for asylum. This past weekend, however, the growing desperation and frustration of… Read more »

Called To Help

In the spotlight since its mobilization in early October, the migrant caravan continues to receive media attention as it moves toward the U.S./Mexico border. Estimated numbers of the group hover around 7,000, including families—UNICEF estimates the group contains at least 2,300 children—all seeking asylum within the United States. While the story of the caravan is… Read more »

Separated Families and U.S./Mexico Border Update

Border Arrivals The number and demographics of Central American asylum seekers coming to the U.S. border through Mexico have been shifting over the past several years, at a time when the overall number of people approaching the southern border is down. One of the most significant changes was the increased number of young families, primarily… Read more »

PDA and PC(U.S.A.) at the U.S./Mexico border

Have you been wondering what is really going on at the southern U.S. border and how you can help? Below is information about how not only Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is responding, but also the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as a whole.

World Refugee Day 2018

World Refugee Day is celebrated on June 20th every year. It is a time for remembrance, prayer, celebration and commitment.  

Refugee Arrivals: A Failing Report Card

U.S. Refugee Resettlement Update: March 2018 By Susan Krehbiel, PDA Catalyst for Refugees and Asylum The impact of new U.S. Government policies and procedures related to the resettlement of refugees into the United States has been severe. Faced with the largest humanitarian displacement in modern times, the U.S. Government set the lowest resettlement target since… Read more »