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As a community, we want to respond to the travesties and atrocities of what is happening in Afghanistan. Missio has sought out ways we can engage that distant darkness with the light and love of Jesus.
One of our Alliance ministry partners, Salem for Refugees, welcomed a family of 10 from Afghanistan on Sept. 7th and is expecting at least twenty-one more individuals in the coming weeks.
Here are two tangible ways you can respond to what’s going on with hope and help:
1. Airport Welcome: Join Doug & Anya at the Portland Airport to help welcome the families when they first arrive. Contact Anya Holcomb (Pastor of Refugee Ministries at Salem Alliance Church) for more information at

Welcoming refugee families is an eye-opening experience (for us), and it is an encouragement to both Doug & Anya (to have others support this work) and to the families when they arrive. 

2. Gift Cards: Salem for Refugees is collecting $25 Winco or Walmart gift cards to help the family with food and basic supplies for their first few weeks in Salem. 

- Buy an electronic gift card and send it to:

- Buy a physical gift card and mail it directly to Salem For Refugees - Doug & Anya Holcomb
555 Gaines St. NE Salem, OR 97301 

*Include a note that your gift card is for the Afghan refugees.

3. Restart Kits for Refugees: Most refugees arrive in the United States with next to nothing, but you can help them rebuild their lives by putting together a Restart Kit. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends, work teams, or missional communities to build a kit together.

Missio’s goal is to put together a number of these kits in the next two weeks. We have created Amazon Wishlist for the following kits (just click on the kit links below).

Order any of the items on these lists. They will be sent to one address where the items will be gathered and packaged and delivered to Salem for Refugees. 

As we can complete these initial kits we will open more kits to be completed. If you choose to purchase the items elsewhere, email and let us know to remove them from the amazon wishlist then please bring the item to Missio Expression on 8/12 & 8/19.

We are already so thankful for the way our Missio Community has responded to this partnership with Salem for Refugees. Let us continue to show the love of Christ to our Afghan brothers and sisters as they seek refuge in a new land.