We serve among resettled refugees and asylum seekers on the North side of Syracuse. Resettled refugees and asylum seekers face huge challenges in the US. Less than 10% of resettled refugees in the US will become friends with an American. That percentage is far lower for those who will become friends with a compassionate follower of Jesus.
Most refugees come from cultures where relationships are highly valued. Thus, refugee ministry is a highly relational ministry. When significant change happens in the midst of these relationships we welcome refugees into our lives and strive to be fully present in their lives.
“Large refugee relief agencies do a lot to help meet some of the immediate needs of refugees … but there are precious few who offer the warmth of relationship, the strength, encouragement, and refreshment that come from the hope of the Gospel and personal contact with loving believers.”
Our aim is to be catalysts in connecting followers of Jesus and churches with resettled refugees and opportunities for refugee ministry. Our goal is to raise awareness of the opportunities that exist to serve and love these people in practical, tangible ways. We lovingly and proactively move toward them, even when language is a barrier.
We visit refugees and provide a safe place where they know they are welcome. We walk alongside them in the midst of their suffering. We celebrate with them and pray for them. We value them as people dearly loved by Jesus, regardless of their background. We are moved to pray for and seek after God’s provision for hope, food, shelter, clothing and other needs they may have.
We seek to walk one step further with refugees as they journey toward/with Jesus. For those who know or come to know Jesus, our desire is to lead them into a deeper relationship with him toward a Christ-centered life that brings others in contact with Jesus.