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In the Gospel of Matthew (25:35) tells his disciples, "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me." The call to welcome the stranger plays an important role in the lives of faithful Christians and has a particularly central place for those of us who work in the migration field. The migrant, who moves from one country to another is truly a stranger in the midst. Often unfamiliar with the local tongue of the new country, not to mention its customs, the migrant needs the support of local communities so that she can better adjust to her new surroundings. National Migration Week 2016 picks up on the theme of welcome and, in doing so, calls on each of us to welcome the stranger among us.
We are happy to announce as a part of this celebration a small grant program that will provide resources to launch outreach or educational efforts on the local level to welcome the stranger. Please take a moment to read the guidelines for this small grant and consider applying. It is only with the help of local organizations that we can fulfill our mission to welcome the stranger and provide new lives to vulnerable populations.
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