Tennessee has one of the top five fastest growing immigrant populations in the United States. World Relief Memphis is dedicated to serving this specific population. World Relief consists of 26 offices across the nation, making it the largest evangelical refugee resettlement agency. A need arose in Memphis, Tennessee, with its international population of over 110,000 and refugees started resettling in 2012.
World Relief Memphis has a simple and gospel-driven mission: to empower the local Church to serve refugees, who have been forced to leave their country, culture, friends, and families for safety. World Relief empowers volunteers to help meet refugees’ physical, relational, and spiritual needs. In its first year of operation, Memphis resettled over 100 refugees and 200 additional refugees in its second and third fiscal years.
“Every second of every day children are orphaned by disease, women are widowed by conflicts, families are devastated by natural disasters and refugees are relocated to new countries. These are the heartbreaking stories of the vulnerable. We believe God has equipped the church – the most diverse social network on the planet – to be at the center of these stories, leveraging time, energy and resources to join the vulnerable in their time of need, “ said Steve Moses, Director of World Relief Memphis. “The reason that I became involved with refugees is because God’s heart is for the poor, the widow, the fatherless and the stranger. Most refugees are all of those wrapped up in one.”
Who does World Relief serve in the Memphis area? You will find 10,000 international students, 70 different languages and/or dialects and 100 countries represented in the Memphis schools. You will also see a large span of religions: eight mosques, two Hindu temples, two Buddhist centers and at least ten Jewish synagogues.
World Relief Memphis ministers to the most vulnerable through immigrant legal services, refugee resettlement, English classes and employment services.
Acts 17:26-27 –
“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”
Matthew 25:35-36 –
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
To learn more please visit: www.worldreliefmemphis.org