Since the last Mercy Minute, the Committee on Diaconal Ministries (CDM) has engaged Rev. Al Tricarico (Associate General Secretary of the Committee on Home Missions and Church Extension) to participate in its investigation of how best to minister to refugees long-term both in Word and deed.
While there is a clear diaconal component to refugee relief, there is clearly a missions opportunity as well. The CDM strives to ensure that the ministry of deed is always accompanied by the ministry of the Word.
Al recently joined David Nakhla in attending an informative conference entitled "Roundtable 2016" in Toronto, sponsored by the
Refugee Highway Partnership of North America.
To date, the CDM has received over $31,000 in gifts designated for refugee relief.
We would love to hear from any OP churches that are currently engaged directly with refugees!