Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) was founded in 1939 by Lutheran churches in the United States to serve uprooted people during World War II. LIRS has since grown into an internationally recognized leader known for innovative services for refugees, asylum-seekers, unaccompanied migrant children and families, migrants in detention, and other vulnerable populations.

For a detailed look at LIRS’s decades of service, we recommend Open Doors: The Story of Lutherans Resettling Refugees by Richard W. Solberg, published in 1992 by Concordia Publishing House.

The Rev. Stephen Bouman and Ralston Deffenbaugh offer theological and historical perspectives on the Lutheran commitment to caring for the sojourner in They Are Us: Lutherans and Immigration published by in 2008 by Augsburg Fortress.

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