The local church is not just an accessory to our work. It is not just a convenient meeting place or distribution center for our programs on the ground. 

No other international development and relief organization engages local churches like we do. 

We believe that the local church plays a critical role in God’s plan for redeeming our broken world. At World Relief, our desire is to provide not just short-term relief, but to see human flourishing and shalom through the transformation of individuals, families and communities. Transformation occurs when harmful beliefs are replaced with healthy beliefs. These healthy beliefs inform values, which inform behaviors, which inform results, which lead to spiritual, emotional, relational and societal healing and restoration in ways that purely secular approaches rarely achieve. That is why the local church is at the heart of our theory and praxis of change. 

The church is also the greatest volunteer network in the world. The support we receive from church volunteers enables us to extend our reach and increase our impact significantly. 

In addition to theological, philosophical and practical reasons, this distinctive connects deeply with our target audiences.


World Relief is distinguished from other relief and development organizations by our direct partnership with local churches, both in the United States and throughout the world. We believe that something wholly unique and special happens when the Church unites to stand with the vulnerable — offering its talents, resources and time to the transforming work God is doing throughout the world. For over 70 years, World Relief has been equipping local churches around the world to catalyze a movement of change, resulting in thriving families, flourishing communities, and strengthened churches. 


We recognize that partnership is a process and must be beneficial for both the church and for World Relief. In Sacramento, churches join World Relief by sharing their skills, abilities, and resources to welcome and integrate refugees into our community.

This year World Relief Sacramento will resettle almost two-thousand refugees from Afghanistan, Ukraine, Russia, and Syria. Our desire is to create opportunities for local congregations to lovingly serve refugees. We hope that churches will experience the joy of blessing and be blessed by our newest refugee neighbors.

Ways to Rally Your Congregation


1. Host a Refugee Sunday

Mobilize your congregation to take action around the cause—making a significant impact on this unprecedented crisis.


Help your congregation better understand the refugee crisis by inviting a member of the World Relief team to speak.


Use these free resources, specifically designed by World Relief for church leaders, to educate your congregation, shape perspectives and spark conversations. 


Organize a special offering at your church to support World Relief Sacramento as we continue to serve refugees. Checks can be sent to 4616 Roseville Rd. Suite 107 North Highlands, CA 95660 "Sacramento World Relief" as the memo.