With the chaos of the current events taking place in Afghanistan, Samaritan’s Purse is partnering with organizations, including the Elizabethton Alliance Church, to bring people to safety.
Tens of thousands of Afghans were forced to flee their homeland during the summer of 2021 as the country fell to the Taliban’s brutal regime. Leaving everything behind, these desperate people were evacuated on hurried flights and now await resettlement here in the United States.
This is a significant commitment, but we also believe it is an incredible opportunity for the church to demonstrate Christ’s love and compassion, just as the Good Samaritan did. The church should be able to do the best job at helping our neighbor, even those very different from us, walk through this journey.
What We Are Doing
We, the members and friends of Elizabethton Alliance Church, in Elizabethton, TN, have partnered with Samaritan’s Purse and other government and non-government entities to form a network of volunteers to assist an Afghan family of five that is expected to arrive early in 2022 in the Johnson City, TN area.
As you can imagine, the establishing of a new home in a foreign land can be very intimidating, so our goal is help our Afghan friends become culturally oriented to life in the USA and assist them as they become thriving, self-supporting citizens.
Long before their arrival, we are preparing to assist them in the several areas, including the following:
- Learning English as a second language
- Cultural Orienation
- Financial Management
- Health Care
- Social & Legal Services
- Basic Necessities
How You Can Help
- Housing: We need a housing solution! Placing them in a hotel or a 1-bedroom apartment will not suffice. We are trying to follow some guidelines from the Department of Family and Children’s Services to meet the needs of this family so that we might receive future families. A 2-3 bedroom would work great. It obviously needs to be functional, near a good neighborhood and affordable. Near public transportation is a plus.
- Employment: We have employment available for head of household, but we’d love to know if you know of a source of employment.
- Transportation: If you or someone you know has a vehicle that is serviceable and affordable, you may be able to satisfy that need.
- Cultural Orientation: If you are engaged in working with Afghan refugees, we can benefit from sharing resources and experiences.
- Other Needs: After considering the magnitude of what is involved with refugee resettlement, if you believe that you may have something to share, we are eager to hear from you!
Click here to give online to the Refugee Resettlement Fund to assist in helping this family. Or, if you prefer to give by check, please send to:
Elizabethton Alliance Church
533 East Elk Ave.
Elizabethton, TN 37643
attn: Refugee Resettlement
For additional information, you can contact a member of the Resettlement team at Elizabethton Alliance Church via email to: eacafghan<at>gmail.com