Refugee and Asylum Families

Urgent Request from Chapel Hill's Faith In Action Team:
A single mother and her 11-year-old son have fled violence in their home country of El Salvador and are now living in Portage. They arrived in February of 2019, are officially seeking asylum status, and are racing against the 1-year deadline to do so. For several months the family had a lawyer working on their case for free, but that lawyer and almost all others in the area have stopped taking asylum cases. Further, immigration laws restrict the single mother from working or driving, which make it impossible to pay for living expenses, let alone a lawyer. They are needing immediate assistance in raising $6,000 for a new lawyer to finish working on their asylum case. Please prayerfully consider donating to their GoFundMe page and spread their story and link to others. 

Refugee Family Update

In September, Chapel Hill started collecting donations to help a refugee family of 6 from the Congo. Since then,  several drastic changes to our country’s refugee resettlement program, including a record-low admittance of refugees for the year, have halted our refugee family’s plan to enter the United States. Please continue to keep this family, and all other families whose refugee status is in question, in your prayers.

In the meantime, Bethany Christian Services has contacted Chapel Hill about sponsoring a different refugee family from Afghanistan. If you would like to be a part of the Refugee Resettlement Task Force, please contact Richard Derenne, Faith In Action Team Chair, at