Mission Servants Activity of the Month


Hope for the Holidays: Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

updated 8/2020 

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering (Hebrews 13:2–3).


Christmas should be a time of joyful celebration with family and friends. Yet, for millions of refugees and migrants, forced to flee their homelands in search of safety and protection, the joy announced by the birth of our Savior this Christmas will seem very far away. This winter, bring joy and hope to our brothers and sisters isolated in immigration detention through writing and decorating holiday cards in English and Spanish.

Get involved!

Step 1: Copy the messages of encouragement translated into Spanish, or write your own Spanish greetings. Draw a picture or write your favorite Bible verse to personalize the card.

Step 2: Please do not put cards in individual envelopes. Instead, place all the cards in a few large manila envelopes addressed to LIRS at the address found in their updated instructions here. To allow enough time for delivery, please send in your cards by late November (exact deadline listed with instructions).

Step 3: LIRS will help deliver the messages of hope to the mothers and children detained in family immigration detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania.

View full instructions and sample Spanish message of encouragement on the LIRS website at www.lirs.org/take-action/hope-for-the-holidays.

The Gospel Outreach Committee would love to hear about, and share, your mission service activities! Please contact the Vice President of Gospel Outreach here. Thank you!

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