Refugee Soccer Outreach

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. Since a love for soccer runs deep in this East African culture, the team has partnered with another organization to reach the children and youth of the community through a structured soccer program. Children and youth learn the fundamentals of the sport on a weekly basis and have fun in open scrimmages. For those that desire to pursue a more intense path with soccer, the program includes a traveling team that competes regionally, nationally, and even has the possibility for qualifying to play internationally. All of this includes a time devoted to biblical instruction. Goers in this position will be involved in program planning, coaching, one-on-one mentoring, Bible teaching, and connecting with the families of the young people that are involved in the program. This is a perfect chance for a person with a passion for soccer (or athletics in general) and the lost to be involved in reaching a Muslim refugee community with the Gospel amongst those who have never heard!

Skills: 

* Flexibility * Servant Heart * Team player * Love of athletics * Coaching and teaching skills and gifts

Placement Details

Status: 
Open
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Positions: 
3
Start cycles: 
Fall
Winter
Location: 
Northeastern US
Genders: 
Both
Reference number: 
9277439