The Roanoke Valley is home to over 7500 immigrants, asylees, and refugees. Internationals bring much to the community according to recent studies. In Roanoke, as in other parts of the U.S., internationals are more likely to start businesses. According to a study by the New American Economy 7.3% of business owners and 11.3% of STEM workers in the Roanoke metro area are foreign born, while only 5.5% of the population are foreign born. Internationals are known for their gratefulness, generosity, and great love for family.
In eveything, we seek to love them as individuals and as fellow image-bearers of God. By asking questions and listening, Restoring Hope Roanoke seeks to identify opportunities for the local church to build friendships with internationals in our community, and to expose them to God’s Word through acts of love and words of grace.
How can the church welcome the foreigner in our midst? You can learn more at the links above about local ESOL classes, opportunities to welcome and make new friends, and more.