"For I 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 25:25
- At the end of 2012 there were 15.4 million refugees worldwide. The US admits up to 70,000 refugees for resettlement annually, or 0.004% of all refugees in the world.
- North Carolina is the 10th largest resettlement state in the US. Mecklenburg County resettles over 500 refugees annually.
- The majority of the thousands of resettled refugees in Charlotte are from the "10/40" window. Most come from countries otherwise difficult to penetrate with the Gospel such as Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma), Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Focus on intentionally building relationships between Americans and refugee families in the following ways:
- Help a new refugee "learn the ropes" of American culture
- AfterSchool Mentor
- Drive newly arrived refugees to various medical and social service appointments
- Help older refugees study for his/her citizenship exam (includes practicing all areas of English language as well as reviewing American History and Government - materials provided)
- That God would open the eyes of unbelievers in the community so that they can see Jesus in their friends and neighbors (2 Cor. 4:4)
- That people in the community would experience the love of Jesus (John 3:16-17; 15:13), and know that they don't have to be alone (Deut. 31:6).
- Pray that God would raise up workers both in the American and Refugee communities with eyes set on Jesus and hearts for people God has brought to the city (Mat. 9:37-38)
- The preservation of unity between believers as we minister side-by-side, despite our different backgrounds, languages, and cultures (Eph. 4:2-5)
For additional information, opportunities to serve, or to join a ministry team, contact Angela Schlottman.