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Organized in 1939, LIRS has assisted in the resettlement of refugees and immigrants in the United States, beginning with Lutheran refugees during World War II. Since that time, they have helped families from Hungary (1956), Cuba  (1959), Uganda (1972), and Viet Nam (1975) among others. LIRS is very active in the resettlement of refugees from Afghanistan as well.
As the U.S. armed forces rapidly withdraw from Afghanistan, more than 20,000 Afghans who served alongside them face a severe backlog in the processing of their Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs). Our Afghan allies and their families are in grave danger and at risk of retaliatory attacks from the Taliban.  

Please join us in prayer for these families and for our response:  

Lord Jesus, we know that you bless people with the gifts of life, family, and relationship. Afghan allies that stood with the American military and their families are in danger. As America withdraws its troops from Afghanistan, the commitment we made to protect these allies and their families is being tested.

We are grateful for the safe return of our active military members, grateful for the service of all veterans of our country, and honor the memories of those who gave their lives to protect America’s freedom.

Lord, strengthen our country to be a faithful friend to the Afghan families that are in need of protection. Lord Jesus, these allies placed their lives and the lives of their families in danger because they believed in the American mission.

May we honor our commitment and aid their safe passage. May we seek peace as the mission for our families and communities. May we live as faithful friends in the world.

For more information abouit the work of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, see the following link.

LIRS website