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 to our congregation has opened my eyes to the obstacles.
An immigrant needs to find a routine job that is easy to learn with limited English, a job with a patient supervisor to carefully explain expectations. Filling out a job application or being interviewed challenge his English skills.
Hebrews 13:12 instructs us this way: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so 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, perhaps refugees from other nations? What have you found helpful in making them feel welcome?
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Phyllis Rude.
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