Pilgrims, Refugees and Immigrants

Our nation is the enduring dream of every immigrant who ever set foot on these shores, and the millions still struggling to be free… this idea called America, was and always will be a new world. President George H.W. Bush I doubt that any child says he or she wants to be a refugee or immigrant when asked about their adult aspirations.  Yet millions of people find themselves in those categories. Technically the first Pilgrims we […]

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Amsterdam Refugees

When the Scrooby Pilgrims’ 1607 first attempt to immigrate to the Lowlands failed, they returned to Scrooby and organized for another attempt. Their 1608 efforts resulted in successfully becoming the Amsterdam refugees. It was a mixed blessing. No longer must they worry about searchers and enforces rounding them up and handing them over to authorities. Instead they had to worry about where they would live and how they could support themselves in a bustling city, […]

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Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)

Like most citizens of the United States, I descend from immigrants. One English branch in the 1600’s, another English branch in the 1700’s; and two in the wave if German immigrants in the late 1800’s. Perhaps that is why I am so drawn to the plight of 21st Century immigrants. I am grateful Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services goes on my behalf to offer support and resources to today’s immigrants and refugees. In 2018 alone […]

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