Serving Refugee Neighbors
Access training videos and handouts to help you and your church community build relationships and care for your refugee neighbors. Training covers: The Refugee Journey, Resettlement, Loss Simulation, Communication, Country Overview, Cultural Basics, Prompting Self Sufficiency, Faith and Bridges.
Resources to help you better understand, talk about, & engage with the Syrian refugee crisis. Access FAQs and articles, learn about the refugee application process, read statistics from UNHCR, view the timeline of the crisis, gain an understanding of how churches can respond, add your voice to those who want our Governors to welcome refugees, find contact information for resettlement agencies in your area, and sign up to receive updates.
Online toolkit includes a 90-minute interactive workshop and materials covering biblical reflections, worship resources, children’s materials, stories, resources for sponsors, skits and more.
Site includes a 52-week challenge with practical ways to welcome refugees. View videos highlighting the role of hospitality in welcoming refugees.
David C. Cook has developed a Crisis Response Curriculum for organizations working with refugee children, called “Helping Communities Heal: Refugees”. It is designed to help parents and/or volunteers who serve refugee children with the trauma they have experienced. This short curriculum booklet contains six lessons, including: I Can Trust God, Even Though We Left Our Home; God Listens To My Fears; Someone I Know Died; God Can Heal My Emotions; I Know There Is Life After Death; A Prayer Walk.
Global & Biblical Awareness
The IAFR toolbox offers creative, concise and well-documented ministry resources (documents and multi-media) for use by both novice and seasoned veterans serving forcibly displaced people all along the Refugee Highway. Gain an understanding of the global movement of refugees and guidance for how the Church can respond. These materials are continually updated to help you be well-informed and equipped to effectively break isolation, strengthen community, build capacity, facilitate healing, promote reconciliation, deepen faith and generate hope. There are resources for both church leaders as well as individuals who work with refugees in their neighborhoods and around the world.
The worldwide effort to bring both humanitarian assistance and relevant exposure to the gospel is staggering, yet it regularly suffers from duplication and lack of coordination. Resources on this page help address how to bring needed partnering and collaboration strategies into work with the vulnerable and least reached.
Religion & Faith
This is a free resource that provides the story of Jesus in more than 6,300 languages/dialects. It is accessible as a mobile app or website.
Many refugees come to America with limited English and other cultural misunderstandings that make it hard to explain to them Christ’s love that compels us to help them. Giving them a JESUS film in their language is an easy way to overcome these language and cultural barriers. Jesus speaks up to 16 languages on most of the JESUS DVDs. The DVDs include the languages of Burmese, Bhutanese, Somalis, Iraqi, Syrian and other refugee groups. To order or learn more visit the website.
Many Christians want to connect with Muslims in their community to share the love of Christ with them, but often feel lost in the “how?” The “Hub Community Booklet” provides an outline of the Hub Community model — a place where individual Christians who have Muslim friends can connect with each other as a support team. This Hub Community culture is being reproduced and networked in cities across North America, and gives members a time, place, and culture to pray together for their Muslim friends and learn from each other in an open source, peer-mentoring environment. The “Hub Community Booklet” can be requested at the Hub Community website. Coaching is available for those who would like help championing the formation of a community in their area.
Peace Catalyst International (PCI) exists to stimulate peacemaking between individuals and between peoples, and promotes multi-dimensional reconciliation (with God, people, and creation). Because two of the greatest areas of conflict in the world today are between Christians and Muslims and between the West and the Muslim world, PCI gives special priority to these relationships. Their site provides links to many books, websites, and other resources that provide an overview of the theology and practice of peacemaking and the nature of multi-dimensional reconciliation.
U.S. Process & Programs
A detailed overview of the U.S. resettlement program and asylee process including recent stats and demographics.
CAL offers a variety of resources to both help communities welcome and assist refugees and that help refugees to become self-sufficient in their new communities. Materials include: “Refugee Families & Refugee Youth Videos: A New Day; Be Who You Are”, “Welcome to the United States: A Guidebook for Refugees”, “Making Your Way: A Reception and Placement Orientation Curriculum”, “Faces of Resettlement: Refugees in U.S. Communities (Video)”, “Refugees from Syria”.
This infographic is a step-by-step guide to the rigorous process for refugee entry into the U.S. Refugees undergo more rigorous screening than anyone else allowed into the United States.
Canadian Process & Programs
Access publications and information about Canadian refugee law in simple language.
Canada’s national advocacy and information group for refugee related matters provides a lot of relevant information about current issues.
Site provides resources for those interested in sponsoring refugees. Access a free webinar of an overview of the Canadian refugee sponsorship program.
This is a comprehensive and practical guidebook to helps refugee claimants (and service providers) prepare for their refugee hearings. Updated with specific information for six regions of Canada and in 10 languages.