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said many area ELCA members are familiar with and have been moved to act to welcome Syrian refugees. “People from that region are


The family has received support from LSSM on everything from safety and culture to employment. The agency also connected them to other Middle Easterners in their area.


Detroit for seven communities that are receiving increased numbers of Syrian refugees. LIRS resettle- ment partners, Lutheran and other faith leaders, government representatives, Syrian Americans, and professionals from business, health care and education met to learn about the refugee experience, including the difficult psychosocial issues Syrians face. Participants also discussed how to build “community and political


will to welcome Syrian refugees,” said Linda Hartke, LIRS president and CEO. Since the summit, Jack Eggleston,


director for evangelical mission with the Southeast Michigan Synod, has been building connections and relationships with schools, local governments and other agencies “to expand our networks for welcome.” Since the synod is a companion


of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, he


our neighbors, our friends and co-workers,” Eggelston said. “Tey add to the tapestry that God is weaving in the communities in which we serve.” 


To read “I want to be a person again,” which tells the story of Refaai Hamo, another refugee, find this story at www.thelutheran.org/ feature/february.


Author bio: Strybis is an associate editor of The Lutheran.


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