As another year of hard work, cooperation and transformational ministry winds down, December provides a good opportunity to take stock of the accomplishments achieved and the new challenges that lie ahead.
In 2012, EMM welcomed more than 4,000 vulnerable refugees from more than 30 countries into communities around the United States. EMM’s resettlement programs provided the fundamental foundation these newcomers require to succeed, and employment and specialized services programs set many on the path to self-sufficiency and stability. We extended our outreach efforts by creating new video resources and educational materials, and by connecting with old friends and new supporters at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Indianapolis.
In the coming year, the threats and challenges facing refugees around the world will be as serious as ever. Violent conflicts in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia will continue to drive many to seek protection, and protracted refugee situations will create an ongoing need for resettlement for uprooted people from Bhutan, Burma and other countries.
As always, with support from around the Episcopal Church and the many local communities where EMM’s program reside, our network will continue to respond to the needs of refugees and welcome the strangers in our midst.