Refugee and Immigrant Ministry

Trying to find home: Pioneers reaching out to those who are scattered.


Amanda Lynn


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July 29, 2019


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Check out this opportunity, Refugee and Immigrant Ministry: Would you like to be a welcomer who offers practical help and words of life to immigrants and refugees? Volunteer or join a team doing immigrant ministry.


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God uses the scattering of people. From the confusion of languages at the Tower of Babel to the exile of the Israelites from Egypt, God worked out His purposes. He subdued disobedient people, fulfilled a promise and revealed Himself to the Gentiles. And in this age, diaspora—the forced or voluntary migration of large groups of people—brings opportunities for God’s people to respond to the last commandment of Jesus, the commission to make disciples of nations. So, for many, making disciples will include diaspora ministry.

Millions of people worldwide have been displaced. They come from war-torn countries like Syria, Sudan, Afghanistan and others. There are more now than any other time on record. Some, like the Rohingya, are stateless and have no rights. They cannot work, get an education, vote or apply for an identification card even in their country of birth.

Pioneers are using this opportunity to meet the practical and spiritual needs of people on the move because of forces beyond their control. Some Pioneers have planted themselves in places where refugees and immigrants settle.

Meet Pioneers serving in immigrant ministry

  • Jon, Candice and Allie serve a refugee community in the U.S. by teaching English and reaching out to international students at the university.
  • Stan and Janice own a business in an Arab settlement in the U.S. They have made friends with local mosque leaders and equipped the local church to share the gospel with their Arab neighbors.
  • Anthony and Shawna live among people displaced from their homeland. They bring practical help to desperate people and offer them the hope of Christ.
  • Jamie and John work with victims of war. In partnership with Arab Christians, they help meet the needs of Syrian refugees through art therapy and counseling, as well as sharing the Good News that God hasn’t forsaken them.

Whitney’s immigrant ministry in Europe

Like many others, Whitney works in a European city teaching English to immigrants and refugees. She gets to share stories about her own life and faith. And she finds that people are often interested. They want to read the Bible and know more about Jesus.

On a recent visit to an Iranian friend’s house, her friend whispered, “Did you bring it?” Her friend referred to the Bible. And shortly after, Whitney was able to present her friend with her very own copy of the Bible in Farsi. (Read the rest of Whitney’s story.)

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Watch From Albania to Greece, a video documenting Pioneers reaching Albanian immigrants living in Athens.