Featured in the Church World Service (CWS) Preferred Communities monthly newsletter.
Each year, as late November rolls around and Thanksgiving and Christmas appear around the corner, we experience being truly thankful for all that we have received. We also have the opportunity to recognize what it means to give generously, and from the heart.
Recently I learned about one such act of generous giving.
Ray and Linda Miller first heard about the ministry of welcoming refugees during a class on Immigration and Refugees held at their church, sponsored by the United Methodist Women. They were deeply inspired by what they learned about the plight of displaced people around the world fleeing war and coming to the U.S. with so little. So, they reached out to CWS partner Community Refugee and Immigration Services, or CRIS, to see how they could help. Soon after, their church, Scioto Ridge UMC, began partnering with CRIS in refugee resettlement ministry.
As Ray and Linda began to work directly with refugees they noticed just how hard life in Columbus was without a car. In response to this Ray developed a mantra of sorts: “Our grey car would be perfect for a refugee family. I wish we could give it away.”
We are proud to introduce Sowdo’s Story, produced by one of CRIS’s partners, Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), which features CRIS staff member, Sowdo Mohamud. Join EMM’s awareness campaign, #ShareTheJourney.
CRIS thanks all of our 200+ participants, as well as our sponsors, donors, and supporters who were a part of making this year’s Run4Refugees a huge success!
We can’t wait to see you all again next year.