During the week of August 15 we made a $500 donation from our Mission Fund to the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) Afghan Refugee Resettlement program. This donation will help provide homes for Afghan refugees (an estimated 600 families/2,500 individuals) that LSSNCA is helping to settle in the DC area. These are people who are fleeing to the US for safety in the wake of the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. The money we donated will help LSSNCA provide transportation, housing, and other immediate needs upon arrival. We are doing this because Jesus calls us to love our neighbors, especially those who are hungry, hurting, and far from home. We are doing this because God, throughout the Bible, instructs God’s people to welcome immigrants and refugees. This is our way of participating in the work of radical hospitality.

All donations made to the Haymarket Church Mission Fund in the month of September will be donated to nonprofits who are helping provide refugee relief. If you’d like to support this work, simply click on the black button below this paragraph, use our secure giving portal, and enter the amount you wish to give in the “Mission Fund” line-item under the “Designated Funds” heading. Then, schedule the transaction for sometime in September. (All money given to the mission fund during the last week of August is being donated to the United Methodist Committee on Relief to support disaster relief in Haiti. If you’d like to support that disaster relief, simply donate to the Mission Fund anytime before the end of this month.)

God calls us to love our neighbors, and, this week, this is how love looks.