USA - Syracuse, NY
Resettled refugees and asylum seekers face huge challenges in the US.
Refugee ministry is a highly relational ministry. Significant change happens in the midst of relationships. Most refugees come from cultures where relationships are highly valued.
We welcome refugees into our lives. We seek to be fully present in the lives of resettled refugees.
We lovingly and proactively move toward them, even when language is a barrier.
We visit them and provide a safe place where they know they are welcome.
We walk alongside them in the midst of their suffering. We celebrate with them and pray for them.
We value them as people dearly loved by Jesus, regardless of their background.
We are moved to pray for and seek after God’s provision for hope, food, shelter, clothing and other needs they may have.
We seek to walk one step further with refugees as they journey toward/with Jesus. For those who know or come to know Jesus, our desire is to lead them into a deeper relationship with him toward a Christ-centered life that brings others in contact with Jesus.
We seek to be catalysts in connecting followers of Jesus and churches with resettled refugees and opportunities for refugee ministry.
Less than 10% of resettled refugees in the US will become friends with an American. That percentage is far lower for those who will become friends with a compassionate follower of Jesus.
“Large refugee relief agencies do a lot to help meet some of the immediate needs of refugees … but there are precious few who offer the warmth of relationship, the strength, encouragement and refreshment that come from the hope of the Gospel and personal contact with loving believers.”
We also remain in communication with many refugees in Austria and beyond.
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INTEGRATED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION
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.
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.