For our 20th anniversary, throughout 2017, Xeno Media is implementing Xeno Causes. Each staff member chooses a charity near and dear to them and Xeno Media:
- Makes a cash donation to the charity
- Publicizes the charity through our blog and social media
Our second Xeno Cause is the World Relief as selected by Michael Porter.
In their words:
World Relief stands with the vulnerable, partnering with local churches to end the cycle of suffering, transforming lives and building sustainable communities.
With initiatives that focus on disaster response, health and child development, refugee and immigration services, economic development and peacebuilding, we work holistically with the local church to stand for the sick, the widowed, the orphaned, the alienated, the displaced, the devastated, the marginalized and the disenfranchised.
For nearly 40 years and through seven presidential administrations, World Relief has partnered with the U.S. government and local churches to welcome people fleeing violence and persecution, most of whom are women and children. This is a critical time for refugees and we are witnesses to the greatest displacement of people the world has known.
Why Michael supports World Relief:
World Relief is a faith-based agency that provides emergency response, economic development support, health and child development, peace building, as well as refugee and immigration services. The latter is what brought World Relief to the attention of my wife Jana and me. World Relief is unique in this work to help refugees, which has been increasingly an issue of interest to the American public. On February 15, World Relief had to layoff 140 employees and close five U.S. offices because of recent administration policies. Despite this hardship World Relief CEO Tim Breene made the following statement: "We are redoubling our efforts to find solutions to serve displaced peoples in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and elsewhere around the globe. We urge the Trump Administration to renew and reinvigorate efforts to work together with the global humanitarian community to meet this urgent crisis head on.” Jana and I support support World Relief because of its expansive and compassionate mission, and because they have 70 years of expertise in solving these issues of social injustice.