Our RLM Volunteer Trainings are held quarterly during the school year and are designed to encourage, equip, and connect volunteers walking alongside refugees.

Upcoming RLM Volunteer Trainings:

Thursday, October 24, 6:30-8:30 PM
Arrive Ministries Office – Richfield

Please join us for our biannual Team Leader and New Neighbor Meeting and appreciation dinner! Gather together with other team leaders for a time of networking and training. We are so thankful for your leadership and service with Refugee Life Ministries and want this to be a helpful time of collaboration and encouragement. We look forward to seeing you!

Dinner will be served, so come hungry!

This training is open to current Team Leaders and New Neighbors



Tuesday, November 5th, 7-8:30 PM
Calvary Christian Reformed Church – Edina

The Growing Participator Approach (GPA), endorsed by Wycliffe, is one of the most effective ways to learn language fluently. We have adapted this approach to also accommodate those teaching a language!

Many of our volunteers are connecting with their refugee background friends by helping them practice English. Other volunteers have expressed interest in learning some phrases in Karen, Somali, Swahili, or Russian. We all know that language allows us to connect at a deeper level.

Join us for this practical and interactive volunteer training where we share fundamentals of language learning. This approach is suitable for all learning types, is a communicative style, and patterned after child language acquisition. Whether you’re teaching a friend English or want to learn some phrases in a new language, this training will provide you with tools to dive deeper.


Speaker: Melissa Petersen is the Outreach Developer for Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT), Arrive Ministries’ program focused on engaging Somalis through literacy and friendship. She is a Wycliffe trained literacy specialist with a wealth of knowledge concerning teaching and learning other languages.



Watch video recordings of our previous trainings on our Youtube Channel!