The word "refugee" sparks many different emotions these days. However, what if the reason why some (or perhaps even all) refugees were ripped out of their homes was by the design of our sovereign God, to give people who otherwise would potentially never have had a chance to hear about Jesus to suddenly be in an environment in which they could freely hear the message?
Such is the situation with a people group from one of the least-reached nations in the world, who now are trying to build new lives in the U.S. The East African country from which they came has been firmly closed to Gospel workers for over 25 years, and is well known for its persecution of Christian converts. These Muslim tribes lived in remote, rural regions of that country, and had very little chance to ever hear the Gospel. Yet, after experiencing horrific atrocities at the hands of their fellow countrymen, they fled to refugee camps. They waited many years to find a new home, and have now been welcomed by the U.S. government to be resettled in America.
As a communal society, they are drawn to gather together in pockets of the country, forming a new village tribal structure within the confines of a much larger city. Our city is home to over 95 refugee families, who have arrived without the language, education, and skills necessary to assimilate into the socio-economic fabric of life in America. This refugee community has reached out for help, and God has raised up a team of workers to engage in meeting some of their practical needs, providing a platform and level of trust in which the team can share about Jesus. This has resulted in a significant shift in the community's openness to be in relationship with followers of Jesus and to hear the message that they bring. In the last year, the refugee community has formed a non-profit community development organization of their own initiative to help the community thrive and become self-sufficient. The organization began with a few volunteers, under the direction of the elders of the community. Although their capacity and resources are limited, they have lofty goals and visions.
As the organization continues to develop, goers in this position will come alongside the non-profit, helping the organization to build capacity, to understand and successfully navigate American and local systems and processes, to develop and implement programs for the community, and to identify and procure funds. This is a perfect chance for a person with a passion for community development and reaching the lost to be involved in touching a Muslim refugee community with the Gospel amongst those who have never heard! It is also an incredible opportunity for a person to see what community organization looks like from the ground up, at the grassroots level.
- Servant Heart
- Team player
- Grant-writing knowledge preferred