Since 1980, Arizona has resettled almost 90,000 refugees, of which the majority have come from unreached people groups (People groups with 2% or less of a Christian presence). Our missionary teams build relationships with refugee neighbors who belong to unreached people groups from around the world. We demonstrate God’s love by empowering refugees through language acquisition while also meeting their spiritual and physical needs. We seek ways to share the Truth of God’s Word by telling stories of Jesus whenever we have the opportunity. The ultimate goal is to start Gospel story groups that birth churches in homes. In short, our teams teach English, make consistent weekly home visits, help meet physical needs, and start Gospel storytelling groups. The environment is incredibly diverse and cross-cultural. Expect to meet Muslims, Buddhists, Hindu and non-religious people from the corners of the world! The people groups we focus on are from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Myanmar, Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Nepal, and Afghanistan. Class Supporters help propel our ministry progress forward by serving in several English Classes each week, which is the means to meet refugees. Class Supporters do not lead or facilitate classes, but they do sit next to refugee students each week at one or multiple English class sites around the city in order to help encourage students and assist them in their language learning. This ministry role requires a love for adult refugees and their families and seeks to build relationships with them in order to genuinely show them love and introduce them to Jesus through sharing intentional Bible stories. Goers in this position should have a passion for sharing and demonstrating the gospel among Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and non-religious peoples from the corners of the world. When Class Supporters are not serving in English classes, they will serve on a team with other team members who live near unreached refugees in the Phoenix metro area. They will experience the life of a missionary outside the classroom by engaging unreached refugees with prayer, love and Truth. Goers will also be coached by missionary mentors on a daily basis and will receive ongoing training designed to give workers new tools, accountability, practice, encouragement and community.
Our mission is to create disciple-making movements among unreached refugees in the USA. If you can smile, like to meet new people and want to engage people from another culture, this is a great opportunity to experience the true missionary life. Due to the diverse nature of languages, someone wanting to use their language skills or begin learning Arabic, Burmese, Swahili, or Rhohingya would be great but not required. Our program is designed to equip and train missionaries to reach out to Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu people groups. The most essential quality is communication skills and a calling to make disciples among unreached people. It’s also helpful to have a flexible personality and an openess to learn how to build cross-cultural relationships. A commitment to team and community is also an important quality.