Ted Goins, President and CEO of Lutheran Services Carolinas, and Chaudhry Sadiq, PICNA President, met over breakfast on Friday, August 5, 2016 to discuss cooperation between their two organizations. Lutheran Services have been settling refugees in the Carolinas for decades while PICNA is coordinating volunteer efforts by the Muslim community for refugees.
Refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq and African countries have been coming to the Carolinas for many years while Syrian and Burmese refugees have also been prominent in the recent inflow.
The heads of the two organizations discussed prospects of closer cooperation in identifying co-sponsors and volunteers and coordinating efforts by local mosques as well as the Muslim community at large. It may be pertinent to mention here that the Syrian refugee crisis is the worst global crisis in recent history.
This cooperation is a beautiful example of how faith-based organizations can come together to serve humanity and uplift the vulnerable sections of society.