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.



“Even for an English-speaking refugee like me, the American experience is often a lonely struggle, like a fish out of water. The nurturing presence and empathy of friends like those at EGC have kept me going in spite of these challenges.”
— Torli Krua

Torli's Story

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. 

story of impact

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