Refugee Life Ministries

What is Refugee Life Minisam-volunteer-apptries?

Refugee Life Ministries (RLM), a ministry of Arrive Ministries, has the mission to empower churches to walk alongside refugee families with the love of Christ. We desire life transformation for refugees and the church. Teams of 6-15 people from churches and individual New Neighbors are equipped to love their refugee friends holistically as they build genuine friendships, walk with them as they adjust to life in the U.S., assist with practical needs, and share the good news of Jesus through their lives. We have the privilege of welcoming them and walking alongside them as they adjust to life in Minnesota, finding new hope, new beginnings and new friends.

Not only do churches become part of God’s transformative work in the lives of their refugee friends, but they also find that they too are changed as they engage with such resilient people. The pastor of one church noted that being a part of Refugee Life Ministries transformed his congregation. They were no longer an inward-focused church, but they became actively engaged  in God’s work outside of and through the church.

Get Involved

More than 60 churches across the Twin Cities that have formed RLM teams and more than 100 individual New Neighbors have developed relationships with refugee families. We are also expanding to operate in churches in St. Cloud, MN as well. If you are interested in learning more about how you, your church, or your small group can come alongside a refugee family, contact us for more information.

Benefits to Churches

– Inter-cultural training from Arrive Ministriesfile
– Learning about the Biblical principles of compassion and service
– Inter-cultural local ministry and engagement opportunities
– Friendships that teach all about God, His love, and provision

Benefits to Refugee Families
– Support and assistance with basic needs from Church neighbors while adjusting to U.S. life
– Friendships!
– Connections with Christian communities and the opportunity to hear the good news from them

What support do RLM Volunteers receive?

_DSC1003Members of church teams meet together regularly in order to build each other up and grow in relationships as they walk with a refugee family. RLM teams are provided with ongoing cultural, spiritual, and needs-based training before and after they are matched with a family. They also attend RLM Volunteer Trainings. These training sessions provide Biblical, practical and cultural insights by equipping teams to share the gospel and provide assistance with home and community orientation, employment, budgeting, education, and navigating life in the U.S. In addition, RLM staff provide continuous support to teams by meeting with them, providing resources and advice, and quickly responding to phone calls and emails. While New Neighbors do not have the team support of RLM teams, they do have ongoing support from RLM staff. They are provided training prior to being matched with a family. They are also asked to attend RLM Volunteer Trainings alongside other New Neighbors and RLM Team Members (see above).

Changes in Refugee Resettlement Update

The past year has been full of many changes for Refugee Resettlement. While it continues to be uncertain what will happen, (if new refugees will be able to come to the U.S., how many people will be coming, where people will be coming from, etc.) we are filled with even greater certainty of the importance of the Church coming alongside refugees. During this time, we are still continuing to match volunteers with new refugee friends, but in different ways than we have before. Teams and New Neighbors may have the opportunity of coming alongside a newly-arrived refugee family through the resettlement program, a refugee family that has been here a little longer seeking still new friends and support or asylum-seekers. Please see our home page for more recent updates on the policy changes in refugee resettlement.

Resources

RLM and Volunteer Resources: please email Wendy at wmeyering@arriveministries.org for the password.

About Refugee Life Ministries (PDF)

RLM Upcoming Events

Staff

Rob Scott, Refugee Life Ministries Volunteer Director of Vision & Development
Rob is a full-time elementary school teacher, but volunteers his time as the director of Refugee Life Ministries. Rob has a passion for assisting refugees and leads the ministry through vision casting and training.

Wendy Meyering, Refugee Life Ministries Program Director                                                       Current Staff
612-746-5649 or wmeyering@arriveministries.org

Zack Szyman, Refugee Life Ministries Church Team Coordinator
612-746-5654 or zszyman@arriveministries.org

Kyrie Deutschman, Refugee Life Ministries Church Team Coordinator
612-243-2950 or kdeutschman@arriveministries.org

Jenny Klem, Refugee Life Ministries Church Team Coordinator
612-243-2956 or jklem@arriveministries.org


 

About Arrive Ministries

Arrive Ministries provides Refugee Reception and Placement Services, Refugee Employment Services, Refugee Cash Assistance, Immigration Legal Services, ESL classes and tutoring, community development programs and other outreach services unique to various refugee populations and their needs and challenges.

Arrive Ministries Affiliates

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