Want to learn more about refugee issues and how to get involved in sustainable ways? Join us Saturday, Feb 2 from 10a-12p for our new GBRM Orientation, Refugee Ministry Reimagined!
As 2019 begins, the refugee crisis has intensified. An unprecedented 68.5 million people worldwide are forcibly displaced. A tiny percentage of refugees are resettled in the US and other countries. What is the Church’s role in the refugee crisis, and how should we engage with the refugees in our city?
In GBRM’s introductory training Refugee Ministry Reimagined, participants will consider some unconventional responses to these questions. We will hear from refugee leaders in Boston who have a vision for their own lives, their families, and their people. We will learn about how the Church can stand with refugee pastors, entrepreneurs, educators, and thinkers to support refugee families who are struggling to rebuild their lives. Refugee Ministry Reimagined will also address questions about who refugees are, where they’re coming from, and why they are on the move.
This training is sponsored by REACH, Grace Chapel’s grassroots refugee ministry.
Greater Boston Refugee Ministry
GBRM is a holistic "wrap around" model of ministry that forms church-based welcoming communities. These communities are comprised of 8-12 members from local churches who form a loving team of "ambassadors" to walk alongside our refugee friends as they adjust to life in a new place and culture. The communities focus on support in areas such as English learning, job readiness, adult education, children and family, health, housing, finance, cultural learning, spiritual support, and transportation.
While GBRM’s ambassador teams help refugee families face immediate challenges, GBRM’s topical Learning & Action Teams (focusing on housing, employment and entrepreneurship) foster inside and outside the box solutions that go beyond serving the needs of one family. Together, the ambassador teams and the Learning & Action teams work to address the short-term challenges and long-term systemic issues refugees face.
Torli Krua, Rev., Co-Director of GBRM
Torli fled war-torn Liberia for Boston in 1990. Choosing to leave a successful position in business, he now serves as a missionary to refugee communities in Boston and beyond. Rev. Krua often partners with EGC’s Intercultural Ministries, working to help others understand both the challenges and opportunities of ministry to refugees.