Refugee

"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

The Facts: 

  • 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.

Volunteer Opportunities: 

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)

Prayer Points: 

  • 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