We Care: Advocating for Humanitarian Aid to Achieve Justice Through Merciful Hands
We Care is a diverse group of engaged citizens who desire to better understand and work to alleviate the refugee crisis on our borders. We Care also advocates for humanitarian aid to achieve justice through merciful hands. This group welcomes community members of all faiths, nationalities, and walks of life to join in this effort. To that effect, the members of We Care firmly believe it is important to treat neighbors as we would like to be treated, regardless of political affiliation.
We Care was brought to life after a service at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Carlisle. Sermon, scriptures, music and prayers that Sunday morning in June moved a large number of attendees to gather. They asked, “What can we do to help the refugees and immigrant families on the borders today?” Sitting idle while families are knocking on our nation’s doors asking for help after escaping poverty, terror, and persecution just isn’t Christian. Furthermore, a new Homeland Security policy that separated families with children evoked feelings of injustice among those who had gathered after the service. The group felt the urgent need to be a positive voice echoing “we care” within this community.
How Do We Bring About Conversation
In an attempt to broaden understanding of the plights and challenges facing immigrants and refugees, the group decided to invite guest speakers for a community event. We Care began by reaching out to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) for support in educating ourselves and the community. In return, We Care will proudly advocate for LIRS’s initiatives and services which have been in existence since World War II. We Care trusts in God to guide us as to where to turn from here: The first community event may lead to other events. The group intends to keep a dialogue open to widen understanding and dispel misconceptions about immigrants. With time, if the right conditions exist, We Care may pursue adoption of a refugee family.
Again, We Care encourages community members, churches, students, etc. to collaborate or join the group at St. Paul. To reach the team leader, Nancy Miller, please call the church office a