Please join Valley Interfaith Project (VIP) for a special Civic Academy, “Welcoming the Stranger: Refugee Resettlement in Arizona,” on Tuesday, August 16 at Ascension Lutheran Church. Come learn about Arizona’s role in helping to address the resettlement of displaced people from around the world, how our faith communities can respond, and what benefits refugees bring to our state.


PVUMC has been actively involved in these efforts through its RAFT (Refugee Assistance and Friendship Teams) initiative. On July 27 and 29, RAFT Core Teams welcomed two refugee families from Syria, and agreed to cosponsor them with Refugee Focus. RAFT collected donations of furniture, clothing and household items, delivered the items to the refugees’ new homes, and set up the apartments prior to the families’ arrivals. Now, Core Teams are there to help with transportation, translation, ESL tutoring, and acculturation. RAFT works in cooperation with Salaam-Chai-Paradise as well as with Refugee Focus, and is under the Missions Ministry Team umbrella. The Church and Society Ministry Team is also invested in RAFT. The Core Teams include PVUMC members as well as members of the trifaith movement in Arizona, Salaam-Chai-Paradise.


To find out more about refugee resettlement in Arizona, and how we as a church can continue to “Welcome the Stranger,” come to the VIP Civic Academy: Welcoming the Stranger: Refugee Resettlement in Arizona” on Tuesday, August 16 at 6:30 pm, Ascension Lutheran Church, 7100 N. Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley.






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