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Posted September 23, 2014

What are helpful ways we as a church can minister to refugees - Locally and Globally

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We keep hearing about the global refugee crises that has been caused by wars and conflicts. Many refugees are being resettled in our own cities.  What are helpful ways we as a church can minister to refugees - in our city and in other places around the world?  Are their best practices? Can we find out who is being resettled in our city? How do we help with the huge refugee camps in the Middle East and Central Asia?

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3 years ago
ethneCITY host

Welcome Refugees

1.     Host a refugee family. There are organizations looking for individuals, families, and churches to invest in the lives of these newcomers. (view articles to the right)

 

2.     Give them pointers about shopping. Explain the different types of stores, the post office, and the library. Explain how coupons work. Give them pointers about finding sales and how to buy used items through ads or at garage sales. Explain other differences they’ll encounter, such as pounds and kilos.

 

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3 years ago
Ex Pat

I can't say enough good things about BGR.  They are deeply involved in both meeting physical and spiritual needs of refugees around the globe. 

https://gobgr.org/projects/project_detail/syria-crisis/

 

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3 years ago
Rockie Naser

I wrote a blog titled: Jesus was a refugee. Oftentimes we do not think of Jesus as a refugee but He was. Here is a link to the blog: http://rockienaser.com/2014/10/14/jesus-was-a-refugee/

 

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3 years ago
Rockie Naser

Refugees are often lonely and in desperate need of friendships. Being a friend to them is the best gift you can give them. It is important that everyting we do for them, we do it in love. If they do not sense love from us, they will not open their hearts to us or to the Gospel. They are not prgrams, but people with human basic needs: to be loved, to feel significant and to feel secure. May we strive towards helping them sense those things in Christ!

 

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3 years ago
Lorna Bius

http://www.rhpna.com/ The Refugee Highway Partnership of North America is a network of ministries and churches. They are "grass roots" folks who work to meet the needs of refugees and share the love of Christ. They are very helpful in finding starting points in yor community.

 

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/annual-orr-reports-to-congress-2005-appendix-d-state-refugee-coordinators This link provides the contact information for each state refugee resettlement coordiantor office that is part of the US Department of Children and Family Services. These offices can help you know what programs are provided, as well as gaps in services where they are looking for partners and faith based volunteers.

www.namb.net/LoveLoud The North American Mission Board is is refocusing efforts and strategies to engage lostness in North America. LoveLoud is a movement of churches meeting needs and sharing Christ. This site provides some ideas and starting points to engage "neglected neighbors" in our communities.

I'm discovering refugees are not far from the heart that prays for them and seeks to find them. :)

 

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3 years ago
Larry McCrary

One very simple way for churches to help in this is for them to create awareness that the nations have moved next door and encourage members to go out of the way to demonstrate kindness, show hospitality and offer help as they make your city their new home.

 

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3 years ago
Rockie Naser

English is critical for refugees. They can't work, go to school or even go to the doctor without this skill. Providing English classes or conversational English will help them a long way. Just some practical advice

 

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3 years ago
ethneCITY host

 

Welcoming the Stranger

November 5, 2014

Join us for this free webinar as we explore the biblical and missiological perspectives on migration to the United States, and how the church can respond.

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/313034718

Webinar will be led by Jenny Yang of World Relief

 

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3 years ago
Ellen Livingood

One small church in Pittsburgh has taken refugees into their heart and now has provided furniture for approximately 500 new arrivals. They applied for and received a community foundation grant of $10,000 which they use to provide food and other necessities. They build friendships and take the time to attend birthday parties in the homes of their new refugee friends. 

They have launched dance classes so that these refugees can have a place to teach their children their national dances. Dance festivals are hosted by the church. 

All of these things win a hearing for the message of hope.

 
  • Ryan Diks wrote: Thanks for sharing!
  • Eric King wrote: That's awesome and great ideas!

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3 years ago
ethneCITY host

Welcome Refugees

 

3. Embrace refugees as a part of your life. Be a genuine friend. Invite them for meals and help them shop. Ask them to participate in special family events, trips, birthday parties and weddings, church activities, excursions such as ball games, bowling, amusement parks and holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Explain the meaning of these special holidays. 

4. Assist them in applications for jobs and how to do an interview.

5. Find grocery stores that specialize in ethnic food and help with transportation if needed. Ask them to help you prepare food from their country.

 
  • Larry McCrary wrote: Great practical helps. Thanks for posting

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