Refugees

Photo by Andrew Nicodem / ITeams

Media attention on the plight of refugees continues to raise awareness of the tremendous desperation that forces so many to flee their homes in search of a future and a hope—and the risks they must take to get there. For all the people who make it, there are those who don't. The tragedies are immense and they are heartbreaking.

This is not a new crisis, but immediate action is still needed in the life of every person who is being forcefully displaced. Every person's story is unique but the conditions that create a refugee crisis are not a surprise—and they're all too common today.

War, persecution, famine, drought, natural disasters, economic stresses, injustice... all of these are forms of oppression. Closing our eyes to effects of these conditions leads us to count refugees among the most invisible people of our generation. But the tide is turning. Eyes are opening and hearts are awakening. Even in such desperation, hope is being kindled.

Jesus meets people where they are, and that's no different in a crisis. ITeams has been working with refugees for decades and we have long-standing teams in strategic places around the world. We work closely with local governments and organizations to help meet immediate and long-term needs. Every person has dignity and value because every human being is made in the image of God, no matter their circumstances or religious background. This belief causes us to come alongside refugees and demonstrate the love of Jesus.

Please pray for refugees. Though you may not know their names or stories personally at this point, Jesus does. Come and join us and be a witnesses to the transformation that is possible for those who risk their lives to find a future.

There is no single response to the refugee crisis. For the sake of men, women, and children everywhere risking everything in hope of a future...

...let's do something now. Learn more below or donate to help make an impact.

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OUR APPROACH
INTEGRATED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION

Enter
Evaluate and Engage
Expand

ENTER

When we enter a community, we seek to relate to and understand the community through the eyes of Jesus. This includes pre-training and ongoing on-field research.

EVALUATE and ENGAGE

We repeat a collaborative cycle that aims to work alongside others in the community to identify and assess both needs and resources. Alongside the community, we encourage initiatives guided by a strategy and help implement them.

EXPAND

As transformation takes hold in a community our role changes. We avoid creating unhealthy dependencies and focus on what Jesus is doing within the community. This typically leads to expansion as transformation impacts surrounding communities.

Refugee stories


Consider or share these open opportunities

Long-Term Opportunity

Psychological Counselor

Do you long to see marginalized people find wholeness through intentional, caring therapy?

Short-Term Opportunity

Intern

​Looking for an internship to give your skills and education a test run? Are you drawn to serving refugees and the poor in a specific, impactful way?  

Long-Term Opportunity

Team Member

Do you desire to learn another language and reach out to refugees? Join our team in Austria and develop programs to connect with the local people.

Short-Term Opportunity

Refugee and Immigrant Ministry Intern

Within Rockwood (Portland), Oregon, lies a neighborhood where one can hear 90 different languages spoken here as Somali women sit nearby, Iraqi men slowly walk past, children run to the park, and Spanish music streams from a nearby apartment. Here, almost 40% of the population live near or below the poverty line. You can be a part of transforming this community. 

Mid-Term Opportunity

ESL Teacher

Do you have a passion for teaching and working with refugees and immigrants? 

Long-Term Opportunity

Business as Mission Specialist

Do you have experience working in business and desire to use that to help serve others? 

Long-Term Opportunity

Ministry Coordinator for At-Risk Youth/Family Enrichment

Do you desire to work with at-risk youth? 

Long-Term Opportunity

Ministry Coordinator for Life Skills Institute

Do you desire to teach others important life skills? 

Long-Term Opportunity

Ministry Coordinator for the Homeless

Rockwood (Portland) is one of the top 5 cities in the country dealing with the issue of homelessness. Join our team and be a part of transforming this community. 

Long-Term Opportunity

Community Transformation Director

Are you a natural networker and developer? Does your heart break for both the spiritual AND physical needs in your community? Do you want to help catalyze local, sustainable, Christ-centered transformation in an East Coast city? 

Short-Term Opportunity

Summer Internship

Do you have a passion for serving refugees and immigrants? Would you like to do that while being trained for future service? This mix of serious training and serving refugees may be just for you. 

Long-Term Opportunity

Refugee Ministry Developer

Do you have a heart for refugees? Would you like to learn Arabic? Our cosmopolitan city has a population of 4 million, and around one third are refugees from a neighboring country in desperate need of the love of Jesus.

Long-Term Opportunity

Refugee Discipleship Leader

Do you have a heart for refugees? Are you interested in seeing a movement of disciples of Jesus growing throughout refugee communities in the Middle East? Our team ministers to the refugee communities seeking to catalyze Church Planting Movements (CPM) among various people groups and in neighborhoods throughout the city.

Mid-Term Opportunity

English and Nepali Language School Teacher

Do you have a passion to see people learn new languages? Does teaching ESL or other languages excite you? Would you like to help in the launch of an English and Nepali learning institute?

Mid-Term Opportunity

Children's Ministry Developer

Are you passionate about working with children? Do you want to jump into a role to create new ministry opportunities for children in partnership with others in the community?

Long-Term Opportunity

Addiction and Recovery Specialist

​Are you called to help hurting people? Do you want to make a real difference in the lives of people facing difficult life situations?

Long-Term Opportunity

Ministry Coordinator for Refugees and Immigrants

Do you have a heart for refugees? Would you like to help them adjust to life in the U.S. by connecting them to valuable resources? Would you like to see more unity among refugees, immigrants, and U.S. citizens?

Long-Term Opportunity

Ministry Developer with Nepali Churches

Do you have a passion for the refugee church in America? Do you feel called to help equip the church in theology and leadership?

Long-Term Opportunity

Refugee Worker

Is God speaking to you about serving refugees?  The opportunities are vast.  We can use people with gifts of: hospitality, evangelism, working with children of all ages, technological support, teaching, administration and more. Helping Hands is a refugee center located in the heart of Athens, Greece.  We are passionate about seeing the lives of refugees transformed through Christ, believing that both the demonstration and proclamation of the Gospel are important.

Long-Term Opportunity

Community Transformation Director

Are you a natural networker and developer? Does your heart break for both the spiritual AND physical needs in your community? Do you want to help catalyze local, sustainable, Christ-centered transformation in Greece?

Mid-Term Opportunity

Refugee Ministry Worker

The city has a population of nearly 20 million, and is the cultural and economic center of the nation and surrounding region. The city is both secular and Islamic, Western and Middle Eastern. Our team ministers among the refugee communities seeking to care for the breadth of their needs. This includes meeting them in their poverty and uncertainty, sharing the good news of Jesus, and discipling potential leaders for the church.

Long-Term Opportunity

Community Transformation Director

Are you a natural networker and developer? Does your heart break for both the spiritual AND physical needs in your community? Do you want to help catalyze local, sustainable, Christ-centered transformation in Central Asia?

Long-Term Opportunity

Victims of War Director

Develop strategies for meeting the physical needs of the victims of the war with Russia. This includes IDPs (Internally Displaced People) and families of wounded soldiers....

Consider or share these financial projects

Urban Ministry Internship Program (ICT focused)

Pittsburgh and several cities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region are home to thousands of Nepalis with few signs of the transformation of Jesus. Large portions of Nepal remain untouched with the Gospel. The need for workers is immense and we believe the solution to that problem is to develop an internship program to train and release qualified leaders who serve the Nepali community well.

English and Nepali Language Institute

The most necessary need for working-class Bhutanese-Nepalis is the development of English. As refugees arrive here they immediately get to work and English development is neglected. Nepali language skills are being lost by the younger generation in our neighborhood and few NGO workers have effective language options to learn Nepali. An English and Nepali language institute will be launched in order to serve both these populations, employing Nepalis and Americans, and giving learners the English they need to thrive in their contexts.

Small Business Start-Up for Bi-Vocational Nepali Ministry Leaders

The Carrick neighborhood has seen businesses leave in droves over the years and there is great need for revitalization. Nepali leaders called to ministry need a pathway that will allow them to have a livelihood while serving in ministry. We are looking to sponsor a Nepali ministry leader as he/she starts their business. Investors, Nepali ministry leaders, community revitalization, and Kingdom transformation will meet in this necessary initiative as it will push holistic Gospel ministry forward in Pittsburgh.

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This area is part of our Core Integrated Fund which allows us to strategically leverage your gift to fuel the movement of integrated community transformation around the world - wherever needs are greatest. The Core Integrated Fund allows us to be agile and to expand work into new and existing communities strategically.