Partner with Local Churches

Today there are more refugees in Minnesota per capita than in any other state in the U.S. This phenomenon is the result of the many job opportunities, strong public and private support and a welcoming environment. Now is the time to celebrate that God has brought the nations to our doorstep and to welcome into our lives new neighbors who have already overcome so many struggles.

Arrive Ministries is a guiding compass on the journey our refugee families face as they navigate within their new environment. By partnering with the local church and dedicated volunteers, we help uprooted people find community, new opportunities, purpose and belonging. Together we restore lives as we see refugees and immigrants transformed economically, socially and spiritually. We, too, are transformed by God in the process of sharing our lives and our stories with our new friends.

We carry out God’s command to welcome and bring lifelong transformation to hundreds of refugees and immigrants annually in Minnesota as we collaborate with churches and community partners to provide compassionate support to uprooted refugees, asylees and immigrants. (Leviticus 19:33-34; Luke 10:25-37; Matthew 25:35-40)

Our Ministries:

Refugee Life Ministries (RLM) works with partner churches to welcome and resettle refugee families who arrive in Minnesota from around the globe. Church teams are paired with newly arrived refugees to assist with home orientation, employment, budgeting, medical care, education, U.S. cultural orientation and ESL tutoring while sharing the Gospel, hospitality and friendship. (PDF Download)

Rajo Ministries equips churches to extend hope and love to the Somali community in Minnesota, helping them to develop friendships with Americans, learn new skills like sewing and baking, and receive help with practical needs such as transportation, tutoring and English acquisition. (PDF Download)

Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT) addresses the crippling condition of illiteracy among the more than 70,000 Somalis who make Minnesota their home. SALT has provided English language learning classes throughout the Twin Cities and in several other states to over 1,200 students. At many SALT sites, volunteer tutors work one-on-one with Somali students after teachers lead classroom instruction and literacy lessons, while other sites use an in-home tutoring model.  (PDF Download)

Church Refugee Gardens provide refugees with the opportunity to garden and make a familiar connection to the life our new neighbors once knew. These gardens also create an avenue for local congregations to build friendships with refugee families while helping them to put fresh food on their tables. Churches provide garden plots and help refugee families with gardening resources as they assist them to assimilate to American life.  (PDF Download)

Arrive Ministries is here to empower the church to serve the sojourner, the alien, the stranger. A sojourner is a person who resides temporarily in a place. One who sojourns.
We are strangers before thee, and sojourners. 1 Chronicles 29:15. Another translation of this verse reads, “We are only foreigners living here on earth for a while, just as our ancestors were. And we will soon be gone, like a shadow that suddenly disappears.”  An Alien is foreigner residing in a country.
The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. Psalm 146:9 

A Stranger is one who is neither a friend nor an acquaintance; A foreigner, newcomer, or outsider; A visitor or guest.
For I (Jesus) was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, Matthew 25:34-36

 Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their home country and are unable to return because of a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, nationality, religion, or membership in a particular social group or political opinion.

Contact Arrive Ministries for more detailed information about our ministries and program to see how you can get involved.


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.

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