This Sunday during worship we have the privilege of welcoming Dr. Gaylord Kambali, a physician from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr. Kambali who became a refugee to Latin America, arrived in the United States as an asylum seeker, and is now a permanent resident of Boise. Stacey Shegrud, an active participant in the life of Wright Church, is bringing Dr. Kambali to us through her work with the Idaho Department of Labor. Stacey has been honored for her work in providing intensive support and career guidance and identifying their skills from their country of origin and aligning them with a career path in the U.S.
On Sunday we will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Kambali, hear his story of life in the DRC, the reasons he became a doctor, and how his work to help others caused him to have to flee for his life as a refugee. We will learn about the process he is working through to receive credentials as a physician in the U.S. and how we can help him.
I will connect his story to the story of The Good Samaritan, which Jesus offered as a response to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” As a congregation of the United Church of Christ, we are clear about our biblical understanding of how we are called to respond to the needs of the immigrant and refugee. Below is a summary of our General Synod 2017 Resolution on becoming an immigrant welcoming church.
Thirty-first General Synod of the United Church of Christ
Please join us on Sunday with your hearts and minds open to hear how God is calling us to respond to the needs of our neighbors.
Together in Christ,