Being an immigrant trying to survive in America is a challenge. I knew this just from common sense, but being a friend to a Sudanese newcomer, Gatluak, to our congregation has opened my eyes to the obstacles.
Anchorage is designed for automobiles. Being car-less requires walking, asking for a ride or taking a bus. Bus service often requires riding downtown to the transfer station and then a second bus ride, easily a two-hour commute. Watching Gatluak’s struggles is opening our congregation’s eyes, too.
Hebrews 13:12 says: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
Knowing how to show that hospitality is a challenge. Do you have friends in the immigrant community? What have you found helpful in making them feel welcome? How have you helped them become more employable and find employment? Is this a ministry that your congregation could adopt?
This excerpt is from “Show Hospitality to Strangers” by Phyllis Rude from the July 18, 2019, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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