The Hard Work of Welcome

Presenter: Rev. Roberta Finkelstein

01/30/2022 10:00am

When Deborah Matthews and Roberta Finkelstein initiated the MVUC Afghan Allies Task Force we had a well-organized plan. However, in the almost year that we have spent on this project, nothing has gone according to plan! In this service, Rev. Roberta will bring us up to date about our ‘adopted’ family and reflect on the ways that this project has taught us about perseverance, flexibility, gratitude, kindness, and generosity. The sermon title was a phrase used by the organizers at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services to describe the depth of the challenge of resettling Afghan families devastated by years of warfare and the suddenness of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.