Refugee and Immigrant Ministry Resources

Mission to North America (MNA) recommends that PCA Deacons, Sessions and Presbyteries carefully consider these resources, making assessments based on their own unique needs. This recommendation does not imply formal endorsement of these resources.


General Resources on Immigrants and Immigration

As believers, our starting point for thought and action on all issues should be Scripture. Here are some materials that may help you to consider immigrants – and immigration – in the light of Scripture.

www.evangelicalimmigrationtable.com      “I Was a Stranger” campaign – see especially the Toolkit and bookmark with 40 Scriptures

www.welcomingthestranger.com      World Relief website on immigration

Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Truth and Compassion in the Immigration Dialogue Jenny Hwang and Matthew Soerens, Inter-Varsity Press, 2009

Strangers Next Door: Immigration, Migration and Mission, J.D. Payne, Inter Varsity Press, 2012

Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church and the Bible, M. Daniel Carroll, Baker, 2008

Tangible: Making God Known Through Deeds of Mercy and Words of Truth by PCA pastor Chris Sicks, NavPress 2013

Church Leader Guide to Immigration http://languageresources.welcomingthestranger.com/world-relief/church-leader-s-guide-to-immigration.html


BIBLES and Christian Resources in Other Languages:

http://languageresources.welcomingthestranger.com/

Foreign Language Bible List (A-Z) – American Bible Society Bibles.com

The Jesus Film in dozens of languages: http://www.thegoodbookcompany.com/watchjesusfilm.html


Study materials for small groups:

Welcoming the Stranger: Discovering and Living God’s Heart for Immigrants: A Learning Group Guide (World Relief, 2011)

Immigration and the Bible by M. Daniel Carroll R., 20 pages with discussion questions http://www.chinapartnership.org/2014/10/hospitality-our-ministry-identity-2/

http://vimeo.com/24770501 – Conversation between Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek Church and Matt Soerens, co-author of Welcoming the Stranger

http://vimeo.com/85477262 – a 2-minute graphic video about the church and immigrants

“The Stranger” – one hour dvd produced by a partnership of several evangelical organizations: http://www.thestrangerfilm.org/


Feeling called to work with International Students? Here are some good places to start:

http://www.ruf.org/about/ruf-international (Currently has ordained campus ministers on ten college campuses with others in exploratory stage)

http://www.isionline.org/ -website of International Students, INC. (Mission: to share Christ’s love with international college students)

http://acmi-ism.org/#/home/   Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals – ACMI; Join ($50 for individ.) to have access to complete directory and to receive newsletter.  Member organizations include RUFI, Inter Varsity, CRU and other Christian organizations with ministries to international students

http://bcove.me/vcph4jwn – video clip about one Christian ministry to international students


Prayerfully considering assisting refugees and persons seeking asylum? Local affiliates of these church-related organizations that resettle refugees may have a presence in your community and might be eager for your assistance:

http://worldrelief.org/refugee-resettlement

http://lirs.org/our-work/people-we-serve/refugees/

http://www.usccb.org/about/migration-and-refugee-services/

http://www.cwsglobal.org/what-we-do/refugees/us-programs/refugee-resettlement.html

For an example of a remarkable local non-profit agency working with refugees, directed by a PCA couple, see www.ftnro.org


For those sensing a call to work with the Central American children who have recently entered the US:

http://lirs.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/LIRS_PreparingforUnaccompaniedChildrenFlyer_0914.pdf


Insights and some best practice thoughts from a few churches actively involved in one or more forms of outreach to immigrants or foreign nationals in the U.S.:

http://www.missionexus.org/tour/     Links to case studies of churches with various ministries to refugees or other immigrants