Updated on 9/29/2021. Recent updates in bold.

Recent updates in bold.

Afghan Refugee Response

With the recent takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and the August 31st withdraw deadline of U.S. troops, thousands of Afghan families are facing an increasingly hostile and unsafe situation. The most vulnerable include Afghans who aided Western governments, women, children, and Christians. Christians comprise just 0.02% of the 40 million total population. Before August 31st, it is expected that 80,000 Afghans will be evacuated to seek asylum in the U.S. Of that numberonly 20,000 have been granted Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) status. This allows them to receive benefits from the government including housing, case management, legal services, and more. The remaining refugees would arrive to the U.S. under a temporary status known as “Parole status, which excludes them from the benefits of SIV status. These Parole families will have the most immediate and significant needs on arrival.  

As of Wednesday (8/25) morning, more than 8,600 evacuees have already arrived at Dulles Airport and are being temporarily housed at the Dulles Expo Center or other sites (read here). The current situation is very fluid and changing daily.  Contact with Afghan refugees is restricted due to security and will likely continue through the end of September. Many Christian organizations responding to the situation have indicated that the most strategic immediate response is to pray and give. As the situation develops, we are actively exploring other ways we can respond in ministering locally to refugee families. 

If you are an Afghan family in need or know of an Afghan refugee family in need, please contact us using this link.

If you are interested in finding out about the latest opportunities in serving these communities, please sign up here. You will receive an email at least every other week.

Pray

  • Pray for the safety, protection and evacuation of American citizens and other foreign nationals who desire to leave but are stranded in Afghanistan. 
  • Pray for the safety of U.S military personnel who are in Kabul, trying to control the crisis and evacuate others.  
  • Pray for the safety and protection of Afghan nationals, and for those who are waiting to be evacuated.  
  • Pray for the resettlement of Afghan families and for welcoming communities to receive them throughout the U.S. 
  • Pray for churches to be mobilized to welcome, minister and share the gospel to refugee families. 
  • Pray that Christ would be proclaimed and believed in by Afghan refugees.   
  • Pray for the U.S. government to safely and wisely evacuate as many Afghan SIVs and refugees as possible. 
  • Additional Resources: 
Give

MBC is working with organizations like World Relief that help process, resettle, and support refugees on arrival to the U.S. These organizations are working in partnership with the U.S. government and other agencies to aid newly arrived Parole families. On average, it costs about $10,000 to resettle a family of four and provide the following benefits: 

  • Food and other basic supplies  
  • Housing for three months 
  • Medical treatment 
  • Trauma counseling 
  • Case and social services management 
  • Legal services to receive SIV status 

If you would like to contribute to Afghan refugee relief, please designate your giving to the MBC “Missions Fund” by selecting the “Afghanistan Relief” project. 100% of all donations given to the Missions Fund-Afghanistan Relief project will be used to support Afghanistan relief and Afghan refugees through organizations like World Relief who are directly helping Afghan refugees. Should more funds be collected than can reasonably be used for this purpose the funds will be used for similar disaster relief.