The Archdiocese of St. Louis is devoted to transforming hearts and minds and creating a sense of unity between immigrants and non-immigrants as members of the Church and society. To this end, Christian Friends of New Americans (CFNA) is an outreach ministry that works to share the Gospel with new Americans through loving words and actions. CFNA connects people in St.
Louis with opportunities to connect with immigrants and refugees living in the area. The Church has a special role to play in helping immigrants and refugees in the United States, and these guidelines provide a starting point for anyone who wants to get involved. The Day of Grace is an event that rotates among five Jefferson County Lutheran churches, and it is coordinated by the host church, Emanuel. Asylum workers are encouraged to take part in solidarity actions such as welcoming undocumented people, advocating for an end to deportation, setting up legal clinics, and providing physical shelter to those at risk of immediate deportation. In addition, local offices of large national resettlement organizations like World Relief, Catholic Charities, and Church World Service can offer assistance. To better support church food pantry customers and neighbors, a part-time CIE admissions coordinator has been hired.
American churches that engage in intercultural ministry may experience communication problems when they interact with people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The Church has a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of immigrants and refugees in St. Louis. Through education, promotion, prayer, and action, we can honor the dignity of the immigrant person and create a more inclusive society.