Global Ministries Partners Working with Refugees, Migrants, and Immigration issues

The challenges experienced by immigrants, migrants, and refugees are many and the causes of global forced migration are diverse. Thankfully, there are many Global Ministries partners who are ministering to these communities. Below, listed by geographic area, you will find a list of partners whose work includes ministering to immigrants, migrants, and refugees. 

A current list of Global Ministries partners working with refugees, migrants, and immigration issues :


East Asia and the Pacific

Fukushima Immigrant Women Support NetworkUnited Church of Christ in Japan

Many evacuees from the 2011 Fukushima disaster still can’t return home due to contamination, including the thousands of non-Japanese migrants, two-thirds of whom are women, who are still struggling for equal access to resettlement services. Global Ministries partners, the United Church of Christ in Japan and the Korean Christian Church in Japan are committed to working with this marginalized community through the Fukushima Immigrant Women Support Network (EIWAN) to provide language training, children’s education, training on health and radiation, and other services.

My Sister's Place, Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea

My Sister’s Place is a mission program of the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK). It has been a place of compassion and support, as well as a resource center for women from domestic abuse situations and victims of human trafficking. They primarily work with migrant women, most arriving from the Philippines and Russia.

Sungram Migrant Workers House, Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea

A home for migrant workers in South Korea offering labor and medical counseling, shelter, educational activities, Korean language classes, computer education, and worship opportunities.


Latin America and the Caribbean

Centro Romero: Mexico 

Since 2015, Centro Romero has worked on the U.S./Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico and Southern California. They welcome migrant children traveling on their own, single mothers traveling with their children, and other vulnerable populations. Centro Romero provides housing, food, medical attention, psychological support, and pastoral care for families and individuals seeking political asylum and affected by current United States immigration policies. 

Roots in the Ruins: Institute for Intercultural Study and Research, Mexico

Roots in the Ruins is a program of spiritual accompaniment, which nourishes hope, resilience, and transformation in the midst of situations of trauma, conflict, and environmental degradation. INESIN, located in Chiapas, Mexico uses the program in its work with the people of Chiapas and Guatemalan refugees living in southern Mexico. 

 

The Middle East and Europe           

Refugee Ministry: The Reformed Church in Hungary

The Refugee Ministries of the Reformed Church in Hungary seeks to empower displaced individuals and families, helping them to become independent. This ministry provides three areas of service: housing, education, and employment. The Reformed Church in Hungary has a comprehensive approach to integration work with refugees. Their conviction is that their services are people-centered, tailored to meet each individual’s needs.

Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees: Middle East Council of Churches

The services of the DSPR aim at enabling people to better organize their lives so that they can live with dignity in spite of the various difficulties and constraints that seek to inhibit them from "normal" living. Over 70,000 Palestinians benefit from the health clinics in DSPR areas of operation, particularly in Gaza and Jordan.

Relief for Displaced Syrians: Orthodox initiative, Forum for Development, Culture, and Dialogue, National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon

There are several Global Ministries partners working with displaced Syrian refugees across the Middle East including, the Orthodox Initiative, Forum for Development, Culture, and Dialogue, and the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon. These partners are working to provide food, shelter, warm clothing, and trauma care.

Youth and Community Center in Jordan: Orthodox initiative

The Orthodox Initiative, a coalition of the Rum (Greek) Orthodox Church in the Middle East, began work on the Karak Youth Center in 2015. The center will provide safety and security for all members of the Jordanian community, including refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Palestine—as well as local Jordanians.

W2WW Morocco Project: Evangelical Protestant Church in Morocco

In October 2019, a group of Disciples women participated in a Woman-to-Woman Worldwide (W2WW) pilgrimage to Morocco, coordinated by Global Ministries. The participants visited with The Evangelical Protestant Church in Morocco (EEAM) The EEAM sees welcoming the stranger as their primary ministry. The church is committed to offering hospitality toward those who come to live and worship in Morocco, and toward those who are passing through the country as migrants. Since 2003, the church has been intentional in its response to the migration crisis. The church has formed volunteer groups to provide emergency aid, including food, shelter, medical care, and clothing. 

Perichoresis: Evangelical Church of Greece

Perichoresis offers programs providing humanitarian assistance and protection to refugees. They have implemented a wide range of projects, including food distribution, protection, logistics, housing, health care, legal aid, and education projects.

Mediterranean Hope: The Waldensian Church (Italy)

Mediterranean Hope offers programs and services on the islands of Lampedusa and Sicily and has instituted the "Humanitarian Corridors" program in collaboration with the Community of Sant'Egidio and the Waldensian Church. Mediterranean Hope works with refugees when they arrive to provide services and aid them in applying for humanitarian visas. 

 

Southern Asia

Darjeeling Tibetan Refugee Center and Tibetan Children's Village, India

The Darjeeling Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center was founded in 1959 in response to the wave of refugees fleeing from Tibet into Northern India following the escape of the Dalai Lama. The center now hosts over 650 individuals. 

 

 

To learn more about current projects working with immigrants, migrants, and refugees, please contact the Office of Resource Development at gifts@dom.disciples.org or (317) 713-2555.


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