Our 2019 Saving Justice sermon series focused on the issue of immigration. God reveals himself as a Father to the fatherless, and commands His people to treat the stranger as one of our own. We invite you to use these resources to continue to explore how we as God’s people might wisely engage in this nationally pressing and biblically relevant issue.
Read immigrants’ stories: theimmigrantstory.org
Biblical information and resources for loving our immigrant neighbors: evangelicalimmigrationtable.com
Information about immigration and biblical Justice: Fuller Seminary
Ways to Engage
Catholic Charities: Become a cultural navigator and help refugees get familiar with their new home! Next training date is February 19th, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Sign up.
Refugee Care Collective: On the first Thursday of each month, RCC will have a training opportunity for anyone that wants to get involved as a family mentor, youth mentor or english language tutor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!
Restart Kits: Create restart kits for Refugees just entering the country without many belongings:
Holla Mentors: Holla is invested in changing the narrative for youth of color through culturally responsive relationships and exposure opportunities. To learn more check out hollamentors.org or email email@example.com.
Teaching or Tutoring Non-native English Speakers
Davis Elementary English Classes: Assist in tutoring women in English or provide childcare for those who are attending the class. Email ImagoForRefugees@idcpdx.com to learn more.
PISA Program at Benson Tech: Portland International Scholars Academy prepares emergent bilingual students to succeed in our schools and thrive in our community. To become a tutor, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMIrJ Advocacy Day: February 12th, 6:30PM
Join leaders from various faith communities to learn about meaningful, practical and faith-filled ways in which we can engage in caring for immigrants.
MET Annual International Bake Sale:
February 24th, 11AM
Come and enjoy a wide variety of international delicacies and raise proceeds to support Oregon’s Muslim Youth. Get more info.
Story Swap, Immigrant Stories: February 26th, 7PM
Listen to local immigrants share stories of their personal experiences. Get more info.
Portlanders Stand with Refugees and Immigrants: March 15th, 11AM
Come together to welcome, honor, heal and celebrate refugees and immigrants in our community! Enjoy food carts, dancing and performances! Get more info.
Support Local Immigrant-run Businesses
Here are some of our favorites:
Portland Mercado: An economic development initiative of Portland non-profit Hacienda CDC that provides affordable retail space for businesses to launch and grow. The Mercado is a hub for Latino culture in Portland, offering amazing food carts and fun events!
7238 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206
The Maharaja Cuisine Of India: Employs women from Afghanistan who make delicious naan bread! 2548 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236
Mingala International Mart: Owned by a Rohingya family, Mingala is a hub for amazing international delicacies! 2548 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97236
Safari Restaurant: Tasty East African restaurant owned by a Somali couple!
7815 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
Plenty Food and Deli: Amazing Slavic sweet treats and deli food owned by a Ukrainian and Armenian family!
9972 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086
Diaspora Coffee & Chai: Imago Dei member Sam Khaute created a vocational program for refugees in our community to improve their English, get job training and get exposure to Portland’s coffee culture! Look for their products at Coava Coffee, Guilder Cafe and Clinton Street Coffeehouse.
Listen to the sermons from this series. Speakers include Gaby Viesca, Tyler Johnson, Rick McKinley and Eric Knox.
In this two-part podcast, Imago Dei staff members interview immigrants in our community and others who are currently engaging in this issue locally. Listen on the blog.