New United Methodist church plant, Kingstowne Communion, helps house Afghan refugees. The Virginia based congregation doesn’t own a building yet, however that did not stop them from housing newly displaced refugees following the evacuation of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Meeting entirely online throughout the pandemic with the occasional pop-up service at local parks, “Kingstowne,” as it is affectionately called, decided to rent an apartment in Alexandria, Virginia for a family of three.
Thanks to the generosity of a donor, the church furnished the apartment with beds, a sofa, and other furniture.
Associate Pastor at Kingstowne Communion, Rev. Alyssa Densham said, “This radical hospitality is what we’re called to do.”
Since the announcement to the wider community of what the church was trying to do, Rev. Michelle Matthews, the church’s pastor said, “We’ve been inundated.”
With the community pitching in to help, the congregation has extended opportunities to other ecumenical partners such as group Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, which it is currently working with to help settle two additional families.
As the U.S. winds down its military operations in Afghanistan after more than two decades, tens of thousands of refugees have had to be evacuated while others have applied for asylum while remaining in Afghanistan.
Churches closest to military bases have experienced the influx of people and have been coordinating with military officials to help provide them with short and long term housing.
Source: United Methodist News