In 2021, First Free established a relationship with World Relief, an organization whose mission is to ‘Empower the local church to serve the most vulnerable’. With a heart to minister to our refugee neighbors, the C.A.R.E. Team was then organized, whose goal is the movement of the Gospel through care. This is a team of five to seven people who work directly with World Relief to learn about refugee families needing assistance, and then engage with those families long-term, to provide aid with anything from housing to groceries to clothing or even help with learning English.
A few months ago, World Relief placed a family from Angola, the Mbengos, with us. They’re living in the first floor unit (just above the garden unit) at 5239 N. Ashland. The Mbengo family has an inspiring story. They were able to catch a flight to Brazil, but then spent the next 15 months walking from Brazil to the Mexico / U.S. border. To give us a frame of reference for what some of their experiences might have been like, here’s a story about a family, also from Angola, and their journey to reach safety in the U.S.: https://www.pressherald.com/2018/12/23/from-angola-to-portland-a-migrant-familys-treacherous-journey-to-freedom/?fbclid=IwAR1U9xK2yBXXgB-U2-ezpnryQviirPh4oxGk9XyD5S81-hlBqvLRiNgaBxw
You can help immediately by assisting the C.A.R.E. Team to meet the following need:
***** UPDATE ******
The C.A.R.E. Team is looking to expand by adding more members! If you’re interested in being involved – in big ways or even small ways – with this dynamic ministry expressing love, care and support for the Mbengo family, please let the Team know as soon as possible. There are many opportunities to partner with this beautiful family in ways that will expedite their on-going adjustment.
Contact the team leader, Jim Conner, by using the “Contact Us” button below to learn more and get involved with this team doing great work in our community!
To learn more about World Relief, go to their website at: https://worldrelief.org .