Loving our neighbors as ourselves

Our Advent Gift for 2021 is now closed. Thank you for helping us welcome new neighbors with World Relief!

Every Advent season, Resurrection chooses to give our time and resources to one of our local ministry partners. This year we are again blessing World Relief and the refugee families they serve in DuPage/Aurora. Your gift will help newly arrived families rebuild their hearth and home with gift cards for groceries and kitchen supplies like dishes and pots.

How You Can Help

Help families prepare food and fill refrigerators by purchasing gift cards to Aldi’s, Jewel-Osco, and Walmart.

Please leave gift cards in the secure box on the Advent Gift table in the narthex.

Assist in rebuilding a family’s home by providing kitchen supplies like dishes, pots, and pans through an online registry.

Loving the sojourner

After several years of historically low refugee admittance rates, the U.S. refugee cap has been raised to 125,000 for this next year (beginning October 1). Over the next year, we expect 300 new refugees from the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia to resettle in DuPage County.

The U.S. is also committed to resettling Afghans who worked with or on behalf of the U.S. government during the war in Afghanistan. World Relief has been resettling these Afghan allies for several months. 

Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in Egypt.
— Deut. 10:19

Show Christ’s love to resilient refugees

World Relief is working to provide services for refugees, but they need our support to accommodate for increased numbers of families. 

We have the opportunity to share Christ’s compassion for sojourners and to help welcome refugees into our community in several ways: 

Whether you have a few minutes or an hour each week, you can apply to volunteer with World Relief as an individual or with a team from Rez.

This Advent, you can help families rebuild their lives and gather around the table by providing kitchen supplies like dishes and pots, as well as gift cards to grocery stores like Aldi’s, Jewel-Osco, and Walmart.

Contribute to our Advent Gift until January 3, 2022

Questions? Contact Missions Manager Julia Damion at juliadamion@churchrez.org

Stories of Change

I helped U.S. troops in Afghanistan. I’m safe now, but I worry for friends I left behind.

Program participant Seeta Habib and her family were resettled through World Relief Memphis in October 2020 through the special immigrant visa program. She and her husband had served as interpreters and journalists for U.S. forces in their home country, and they were consequently targeted by the Taliban. This is her story.


When the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in 1996, millions of Afghan girls were shut out of school. I was one of them.

It wasn’t until the eventual defeat of the Taliban government in 2001, when I was 13 years old, that I entered a school for the first time in five years.


It was one of the happiest days of my life, but it was still a dangerous time to be a girl in Afghanistan, seeking an education. I learned English secretly, in a private class outside of school, and when I graduated, I knew I wanted to be a part of Afghanistan’s reconstruction. I became a print journalist for a magazine operated by NATO’s security mission in Afghanistan, the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force in Farah, in the western part of Afghanistan. There, I covered ISAF activities having a positive impact in the community.


Read the full story on USA Today’s site now.

The Volunteer and Refugee Friendship Helping Both Reach their Goals

Who are the people who have changed your life? Are they friends who share your passions? Family members who have known you for years? Coworkers who helped you do challenging projects?

We can all attest to how relationships and friends can change everything.


That’s why, when World Relief Chicagoland matches our volunteers with opportunities to serve, we focus on relationships.

More than ever, these resilient men, women and children need to know that they are welcomed and loved. World Relief’s continued support is made possible by churches and local communities who help them thrive. Our partnership helps enable World Relief to provide holistic care in Jesus’ name with the purpose of welcoming  “strangers” into our midst.



// Church of the Resurrection