Table Talks

Dynamic presenters and innovative Table Talks are crucial to the success of the training at the Roundtable.  The Table Talk proposal process is our way of ensuring that we have both qualified facilitators and relevant topics exploring the myriad facets of ministry to forcibly displaced people.

The list of topics and presenters are included here in alphabetical order by speaker’s last name.

Click here to listen to examples of Table Talks from previous years.

 

 

Recovery Work – Helping People Recover from Forced Displacement
Tom AlbinsonInternational Association for Refugees

The response to the global refugee crisis requires long-term recovery work that serves to generate hope and help refugees rebuild their lives. Local churches have a unique and strategic role to play in helping people recover from forced displacement. It also includes getting behind the ideas and solutions of refugees themselves – collaborating with them – recognizing the important role that they play in finding solutions to their displacement.

Training Volunteers in Working with Refugees
Laura & Nick Armstrong – Glocal Community Partnership

Training Volunteers properly is an important part of running a good program with refugees. We will look at key components, have time to brainstorm together and look at a variety of resources to use to create training for volunteers.

Peacemaking in The Way of Jesus: Building Bridges Between Muslims and Christians
Nick & Laura ArmstrongGlocal Community Partnership

Our current social and political climate in the United States underscores the importance for the Church to welcome and build bridges of understanding and friendship with our Muslim neighbors. Centered on learning about the rhythms of peace-making in the way of Jesus, this TT current social climate, the ways we end up building walls rather than bridges and ways we can build bridges of friendship with our Muslim neighbors.

History, Causes, & Culture of Refugees from Bhutan & Nepal
Bal (Hanok) Biswa – First Bhutanese Baptist Church, Dallas

Understanding the history and cause of the refugee crisis in Nepal and Bhutan is essential to effective ministry within those communities. This TT will explore these issues and the cultural aspects necessary for ministry.

Developing Advocacy that Works
Jason ClarkeSeek the Peace

Collectively engaging our government is the most powerful thing we can do as citizen advocates. This advocacy TT will equip you to take immediate and effective action on behalf of refugees by providing the tools and background needed to effectively contact legislators, speak to current refugee issues, and stay up to date on legislaton that impacts refugees.

Getting Personally and Practically Involved in Refugee Employment
Keith Cooper & Aline Binyungu – Beautiful Day

Refugees are eager to work yet face daunting job entry barriers. Meanwhile, many of us feel like helpless bystanders, wanting to make a difference but not knowing where to start. This TT, will present a social-venture model for equipping refugees with job skills and doing so in a way that helps indviduals, churches, organizations and the broader community to get involved. Our emphasis will be on exploring practical ideas for employers or hiring managers, consumers, churches, other community groups and volunteers.

From Coexistence Toward Harmony
Emily Cortese & Majid KeshavarzRaft Amad Community Initiative

Engaging our refugee neighbors begins with recognizing contrasting cultures in our society, then moving from mere coexistence (Contact) to getting to know each other (Connection), and finally, to harmony (Communion). Coexistence is not necessarily bad, but it often keeps us from embracing commonalities and accepting difference in a way that actually builds stronger community. Come identify your intercultural, interfaith frendships and discover some ways to move toward deeper relationships in a manner that Jesus himself modeled.

Missional Living Among Refugees
Stephen Crosson – Forefront Ministries

Come learn a holistic approach to ministry with an emphasis on strategic living and disciple-making. This model focuses on 1) building missional communities that seek to serve refugees and 2) empowering refugees to transform their communities with the gospel.

Let’s Speak English – Why, What & How
Gary DeVelderAbounding Service

Do you know several adult refugees who want to learn English and know followers of Christ who want to encourage them? In this TT, you can integrate volunteers who have minimal training to tutor English, address multiple levels of student ability, engage multiple people groups, create space for sharing Bible stories in an honor/shame context, and nurture American/refugee friendships. We will guide you through the steps to create this program with your own team.

Making a Difference in The Youth Community Through Sports
Danny DomingoLove is Ministry

Sports ministry in the refugee community in Dallas has had Godly and positive influences in the refugee youth community. One of the goals of this workshop has been to help participants to understand the importance of sports, especially soccer, in reaching out and establishing relationships with youth. In addition there will be practical suggestions to mobilize to churches to share the love of Christ and His gospel through sports.

History, Causes, & Culture of Refugees from The Middle East
Rani Espanioly
Salam in the Holy Land Ministry

Understanding the history and cause of the refugee crisis in the Middle East is essential to effective ministry within those communities. This TT will explore these issues and the cultural aspects necessary for ministry.

What Every Refugee Wished Their American Friends Knew
Michael FunderburkFor the Nations

Refugees coming to the U.S. are looking for safety, opportunity, and hope. But behind all these desires is the longing for something deeper. Americans, inside and outside of the church are ready to provide a host of opportunities and tools to help refugees adjust to life here, but in the end, refugees wished Americans understood this deep need better and how to meet it. From a survey, refugees show what they wish their American friends knew. Their insights can help the church gain access to blind spots created by cultural assumptions and thereby equip her to serve refugees better in the long run.

Micro Enterprise & Mentoring for Refugee Women
Stephani GiddensVickery Trading Co.

This TT will walk you through the journey of building a micro- enterprise with refugees. Learn from Vickery Trading Company if you are interested in starting or building a similar outreach.

International Kids Kamp: A Contextual VBS
Cherie Gray & Bill O’BrienTucson Refugee Ministry

Stories of Adam, Abraham, and Jesus come alive for the nearly 200 campers from Muslim and Christian backgrounds. Starting with what they already know, we share redeeming truths in a culturally relevant way, and campers share them with their families. Through fun songs, games, craft, and stores, we learn together about the Kingdom of God.

Refugee Ministry from A Canadian Perspective
James GrunauJourney Home Community

This TT will address various aspects of refugee settlement in Canada. Time will be given to examining the three ways that refugees arrive in Canada – government sponsored refugees, privately sponsored refugees, a program unique to Canada, and asylum seekers or refugee claimants, the Canadian term given to this last category of refugees. Come and hear about church “private sponsorship” teams, various housing models and church/organization partnerships. There will be time for questions and interacting with models presented.

Best Practices for Beginning a Refugee Ministry
Mark HeavenerTexas Baptists

This TT will present best practices for, when and how to come alongside emerging leaders and pastors in refugee communities. Discover the value of a contextual approach in being learners and partners when crossing into refugee cultures so that new refugee communities can flourish.

Sustainable Volunteers: A Unifying Vision
Sue Horgan & Susan Odom
 – Exodus World Service

Through globally recognized teaching materials, this TT will equip you to strategically train volunteers for success within your organization. You will learn how to educate volunteers to clearly understand and execute the values, mission and vision of your organization while providing them support and next step opportunities for continued development. You will learn how to engage individuals to become invested in refugee ministry and sustainable volunteers.

Understanding and Addressing Refugee and Immigrant Anxiety
Dr. Samira Izadi PageGateway of Grace

This workshop looks at the Biblical, socio-psychological and biological issues that cause anxiety and offers practical ways to help alleviate them.

Healing from Trauma
Lori KenfieldSummer Institute of Linguistics (SIL)

This TT will explore biblical principles of dealing with trauma. New approaches have been found effective and have special application with those who minister to refugees.

Hosting Short-Term Mission Teams in a Refugee Context
Jason Lee
– Acts 17 Initiative & Evangelical Immigration Table

This TT will present best practices for hosting a short term missions team when serving in a refugee context. Learn what are effective strategies and principles that will make this opportunity a positive experience for all involved.

The RHP in North America: Your Role in the Movement
Kirt Lewis & Linda Moorcroft
World Relief/Christie Refugee Welcome Center

Leaders of RHP in North America will lead a conversation on the global movement to see transformational ministry with and among forcibly displaced people in North America and beyond. You will hear about emerging opportunities to join the movement as a part of the RHPNA.

History, Causes, and Culture of Refugees from Burma
Thong LunHouston Burmese Baptist Church

Understanding the history and cause of the refugee crisis in Burma is essential to effective ministry within those communities. This TT will explore these issues and the cultural aspects necessary for ministry.

Preparing Refugees for Naturalization as U.S. Citizens
Cynthia MartinSafely Home Refugee Ministry

A refugee must wait five years before becoming eligible for U.S. citizenship. The naturalization process and the subsequent examination is challenging and intimidating even for those who already speak, read, and write English. What about those who are still learning these skills? Is it possible for them to become a U.S. citizen? This TT offers guidance and resources to those who desire to empower refugees to become U.S. citizens.

How to Win Friends and Influence People (When You Work With Refugees)
Tabitha McDuffeeFaith and Forced Migration

In this age of rampant misinformation, it is more important than ever for those who serve refugees to be able to clearly and winsomely communicate their ministry to others. In this TT learn how to explain your work with refugees in a way that anticipates people’s questions and answers them so that the audience is left with useful information instead of more questions. We will also discuss tips for addressing particularly difficult audiences and consider ways to use the politically charged nature of refugee-related issues to our advantage.

Accidental or Providenitial: Engaging Asylum Seekers
Sarah Miller & Pete Seiferth – Northminster Presbyterian/International Assoc for Refugees

How are asylum seekers similar to and different from refugees? What are the challenges they face? Facilitators will explain the process and plight of asylum seekers in the U.S. Interactive discussion will help participants identify ways to effectively engage asylum seekers in their own context.

Model for Collaboration in a Secondary City
Becky NelsonChin Ministries

This TT will discuss how to build collaboration between churches, non-profits, city services and others to serve refugees in a secondary migration setting, using Lewisville, Texas, home of 3,000 Chin refugees from Burma as an example.

Understanding The Structural Barriers to Refugee Upward Mobility (1 of 4 in series)
Dr. Faith Nibbs – Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project (FMUMP)

The Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project works with practitioners, the private sector, and refugees to develop sound programs based on research outcomes that contribute to alternative and sustainable livelihood practices in resettlement.  Through working partnerships with refugee groups, NGOs, workforce development, policy makers, and employers, we are committed to helping develop and monitor new programs that help newcomers move into living wages and career-ladder earlier in the resettlement process.

This session will create understanding of the structural barriers to refugee Upward Mobility and how that understanding is the basis for sustainable action.

Workshop Simulations – Identifying Barriers to Living Wages (2 of 4 in series)
Dr. Faith NibbsForced Migration Upward Mobility Project (FMUMP)

The Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project works with practitioners, the private sector, and refugees to develop sound programs based on research outcomes that contribute to alternative and sustainable livelihood practices in resettlement. Through working partnerships with refugee groups, NGOs, workforce development, policy makers, and employers, we are committed to helping develop and monitor new programs that help newcomers move into living wages and career-ladder earlier in the resettlement process.

This session will provide a workshop simulation identifying structural barriers and building programs to address them based on the innovative approaches learned.

Innovative Approaches for Faith Based Organizations to Facilitate Refugees in Upward Mobility (3 of 4 in series)
Dr. Faith Nibbs – Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project (FMUMP)

The Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project works with practitioners, the private sector, and refugees to develop sound programs based on research outcomes that contribute to alternative and sustainable livelihood practices in resettlement. Through working partnerships with refugee groups, NGOs, workforce development, policy makers, and employers, we are committed to helping develop and monitor new programs that help newcomers move into living wages and career-ladder earlier in the resettlement process.

This session will discuss innovative approaches for faith-based organizations to facilitate refugee Upward Mobility.

Workshop Simulations – Building Programs to Move Refugees to Living Wages from Innovative Approaches Learned (4 of 4 in series)
Dr. Faith Nibbs – Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project (FMUMP)

The Forced Migration Upward Mobility Project works with practitioners, the private sector, and refugees to develop sound programs based on research outcomes that contribute to alternative and sustainable livelihood practices in resettlement. Through working partnerships with refugee groups, NGOs, workforce development, policy makers, and employers, we are committed to helping develop and monitor new programs that help newcomers move into living wages and career-ladder earlier in the resettlement process.

This session will provide a workshop simulation where participants will work in teams to identify the underlying structural barriers that prevent some refugees from reaching living-wages.

Meeting the Spiritual and Academic Needs of Refugees in Public Schools
Dr. Feyi Obamehinti & Dr. Hector Rivera
 – Take Back Ministries

Reflecting Jesus as a follower of Christ in these hostile times require both spiritual and relevant knowledge that have been researched and proven effective for refugees and their families. This session will address the spiritual and academic areas that have been effective in meeting the needs of refugees and their families in Texas public schools.

The Role of Storytelling in the Narrative around Refugees
Vickie ReddyWe Welcome Refugees

Participants will explore the role that storytelling plays in aiding and challenging the stereotypes that exist around refugees. We will consider the way in which how stories shapes and reinforces preconceptions and misunderstandings. Participants will also explore how to communicate truth and factual information in a way that people will listen and be responsive and allow refugees to have their own voice and story.

Defeating Cycles of Predatory Poverty
Randiesia RiggsRefugee Resource Center of Tucson, Arizona

Social functions continue to perpetuate the cycles of poverty by hand outs, instead of aiding in providing long term solutions to alleviating the problem sources. There must be a balance of providing for immediate needs in combination with education and reform to empower the people to become self-sufficient and efficient; a system to be passed along thus disabling poverty among refugees.

Reproducible Models To Establish Muslim Ministry Practitioner Communities
N8 ScholzVision 5:9/Hub Community Network

The discussion will focus on collaborating Muslim ministries across North America in highly practical ways. Two existing models will be introduced: The Hub Community (a system for organizing Christians with Muslim friends into missional communities of practice) and The Omega Challenge (a template for attracting churches, sending agencies, and local practitioner communities to partner together in local/global outreach. Space will be given in workshop style, to match up prospective partners and implement action steps.

History, Causes & Culture of Refugees from Central Africa
Kambali SimisiAfrika Community Church

Understanding the history and cause of the refugee crisis in Central Africa is essential to effective ministry within those communities. This TT will explore these issues and the cultural aspects necessary for ministry.

Developing Sprititual and Emotional Support for Ministry Leaders and Volunteers
Mang TiakGreater Houston Burmese Christian Fellowship

This TT will present best practices in support for volunteers and leaders in refugee communities to enable them to while working in these communities.

Christian Witness in a Humanitarian Context
Rachel UthmannInternational Association for Refugees

This TT will explore the opportunities and challenges of Christian refugee work in a humanitarian context, including the ethics of evangelism when paired with humantarian aid. Discussion will include practical strategies to manage the imbalance of power in helping relationships.

Using the Slack Community for Ongoing Interaction with The RHP Family
Chong Bee Vang & N8 ScholzLifepoint Church

Slack is the official RHP communications platform. This workshop will feature training in how to use the RHP Slack Community to network resources, news, events, and to deepen the friendships that begin at Roundtables. Look forward to employing this communication tool at the Roundtable itself. This TT is designed for those who have been invited to participate in the Slack Community.