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, while 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 became actively engaged in God’s work outside of and through the church.

Get Involved

fileMore than 150 RLM church teams and 100 individual New Neighbors across the Twin Cities 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

  • Intercultural training from Arrive Ministries
  • Learning about Biblical principles of compassion and service
  • Intercultural 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 while adjusting to life in the U.S.
  • Friendship and community


What support do RLM Volunteers receive?

Members 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 volunteers are provided training on loving holistically: physically, socially, and spiritually, both before and after they are connected with a family. Volunteers are also encouraged to attend quarterly RLM Volunteer Trainings which offer Biblical, practical, and cultural insights. Throughout the course of the one-year commitment, RLM staff provide continuous support to volunteers by meeting with them, providing resources and advice, and quickly responding to phone calls and emails.

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.


RLM Upcoming Events

RLM and Volunteer Resources (contact us for the password)

RLM 2018 Newsletter


Rob Scott, Volunteer Director of Vision & Development

Wendy Meyering, Program Director
612-746-5649 or

Akram Matta, Church Team Coordinator
612-243-2950 or

Jenny Klem, Church Team & New Neighbor Coordinator
612-243-2956 or

Samantha Grimsley, St. Cloud Area Director
612-702-5288 or

Kisongo Mbeleulu, Resettlement and Outreach Coordinator
612-746-5634 or



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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