Help Afghan Refugees:
Support Episcopal Migration Ministries
Dear People of Central New York:
The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has displaced 550,000 Afghans since the beginning of this year, in addition to 2.9 million Afghans already displaced at the end of 2020. But there is hope.
Episcopal Migration Ministries, the refugee resettlement and migration ministry of The Episcopal Church, is currently working in partnership with the federal government and community partners—including InterFaith Works right here in our Diocese—to assist our Afghan siblings in Christ. Churches across the Diocese are joining community efforts to welcome Afghan refugees who will be settling into new homes in Binghamton, Owego, and Syracuse.
Will you join me in supporting these ministries through a donation to the Afghan Allies Fund of Episcopal Migration Ministries? I will match from my discretionary fund, dollar-for-dollar, all donations made to the Afghan Allies Fund through the Diocese of Central New York by October 1st—up to $3,000. I also encourage our parish leaders to pray for the people of Afghanistan and to take up a special offering for this fund on Sunday, September 19th or Sunday, September 26th.
I also invite every congregation and every individual in this Diocese to consider whether you are able to volunteer, sponsor, and even host Afghan refugees in the months to come. Episcopal Migration Ministries invites you to register using their Volunteer & Community Sponsorship Interest Form.
More information about how you and your congregation can help God’s beloved children in Afghanistan is available at cnyepiscopal.org/afghan-allies. Thank you for your ministry and for your prayers.
Blessings of peace for the journey,
The Rt. Rev. Dr. DeDe Duncan-Probe
Bishop of Central New York
Join The Episcopal Church in urging the U.S. Government to aid Afghan refugees.
Let Episcopal Migration Ministries know that you and your congregation are ready and willing to volunteer, house, or sponsor Afghan refugees. Fill out EMM’s Volunteer & Community Sponsorship Interest Form at episcopalmigrationministries.org/volunteer-community-interest-form.