Recent updates in bold.
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 number, only 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.
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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:
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.