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Project HELP: Refugees -- Stories of Those Who Help

Fondra Magee works with refugees in Washington.

In Mission Friends we have shared the stories of missionaries who work with refugees, both in North America and internationally. We also want to share the stories of people who help refugees in their own communities, whether through their church, job position, or a community organization. Their stories will inspire you, and also give ideas about ways we can help within our own communities.

Missionary Spotlight Update: Mike Rhodes*

Hmong woman

“My entire team is made up [of] Hmong refugees,” said Mike Rhodes*, a church planter with his wife and 4 children in East Asia. All the people on his team left Laos as children. They lived in a refugee camp in Thailand. Later, they settled and received their education in the United States.

Cross-Cultural Missions: Little Acts Go a Long Way

three women gathering for breakfast

“They must’ve worked a retail job before.”

One of my coworkers said that the other night as a customer walked out of our coffeehouse. The man had handled a less than ideal situation with such grace and a keen understanding that my friend knew he must’ve been on the other side of the equation before. He must’ve known what it was like to be in our shoes.           

It’s amazing what a little understanding will do.           

Refugees Are Here: What Now?

You hear the news—refugees are being sent to your city. Hardly any time passes and it happens. “They” are really here. “They” start appearing in the grocery store, lining up to enroll their children in school, and sitting in the doctor’s waiting room with you.

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Cross-Cultural Missions: Show His Love Unconditionally and Consistently

serious immigrant boy

Yasin is only 9, but he’s been around long enough to know.           

Long enough to know that Jesus is important. “If I were a superhero, I’d be Victory Man—like ‘victory in Jesus.’”           

Long enough to know that if the church people show up to do a Backyard Bible Club at his Atlanta-area apartment complex, he should call all the children in the neighborhood to come.           

But don’t assume Yasin really knows.          

Cross-Cultural Missions: Don’t Cling to Comfort

three friends of different religions standing happily together

As the big plane backed away from the gate, I sank down into the seat, allowing myself to decompress. I looked out the window, tracing the city with my eyes.   

That out there—that’s a hard place.           

Cross-Cultural Missions: Just Be There and Love

smiling young woman listens to female friend

“She can speak a little English. Just speak really slowly.” With that, my friend left the room.

And there I was, staring at her beautiful friend, her dark eyes nervous in her olive face. I smiled. We swapped what words we could. We hit a lull. And then something unexpected happened.

Working with Refugees, Stage 6: Enhance Work with Refugees

silhouette of refugees walking in a row

With this final chapter of learning how to hear from God where He wants you to join Him at work and how to begin a faith-based ministry, we will learn about steps each organization must consider after the first month or year of the ministry organization’s life.

Working with Refugees, Stage 5: Being and Doing

Day 1 blackboard

God must be the initiator of a faith-based ministry with and for refugees and asylum-seekers. This ministry requires God’s heart in each person seeking to help them.

Working with Refugees, Stage 4: On Your Mark

young African-American businesswoman looking at the camera while in a start position on race track

Let’s look at those tasks immediately preceding the start of a refugee ministry, hence the title “On Your Mark.” These tasks are the necessities of your particular ministry.

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