Church work with refugees

The Pastoral Pulpit: Preaching to Offer The Assurance of Grace to a First Generation Burmese-Chin Refugee Congregation in the U.S.

Author
Biak Lian Thang D.Min.
Abstract
This thesis project focuses on preaching to offer assurance of grace to the people who are living in the midst of struggle, and to help them see ‘who they are, what they are, and where they are’ as Burmese-Chin refugees in the U.S.A. It is based on the belief that preaching assurance of grace and of God’s saving act in their journey of life to encourage in a foreign land and assures the congregation of God’s presence and care. The thesis project seeks to show that preaching can offer the assurance of grace that helps a congregation experience God’s grace in their lives so that they can reach the community as the faithful witnesses through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, even though they are invisible, insignificant, and minorities in the society.

Revisiting modern Korean Christianity and embracing the evangelistic and missionary implications of the Trintiy for twenty-first-century North Korean refugees

Author
Peter (Seung) Park
Abstract
The purpose of this dissertation is to develop effective evangelism methods for North Korean refugees. The writer revisited Korean Christianity and reclaimed the Trinitarian concepts of relationship with respect to healing and recovery. One of the findings is that the precepts of early Korean Christianity was based on the doctrine of the Trinity, which seemed to be missing in relation to the North Korean refugees' ministry. The people who utilize the research could help the North Korean refugees understand and recognize the biblical doctrine of the Trinity, seeing its contrast with the false Trinitarian concepts of the Juchean ideology.

Being neighbors: practicing a kingdom ethos among refugees in urban context

Author
Carol A Mack
Abstract
Becoming neighbors in biblical perspective is the believer's task, which encompasses the life-long cultivation of Christian virtues that touch humanity and exemplify Kingdom character. With the assumption that knowledge and understanding of another's experiences generally diminishes negative feelings and prejudices, this project employed the Scale of Ethnocultural Empathy (SEE) created by Dr. Yu-Wei Wang as a pre- and post-test. Tests measured participants' attitudes toward people of different ethnic origin and cultures than their own. After engaging participants in a six-week series on global people movements and cross-cultural engagement with refugees, t-tests results showed an overall increase in ethnocultural empathy.

Discipling refugees in their heart language: the case of voices of Hope Community Church

Author
Peter M Wathabi
Abstract
A true church of Jesus Christ is one that obeys His command in Mathew 28:18-20 to make disciples of all nations. As the world continues to face human crisis and internal conflicts, a new call to disciple displaced persons is becoming urgent. This candidate developed and taught eight Swahili lessons, based on the parables of Jesus Christ, to help select members of Voices of Hope Community Church in their heart language become mature disciples of Jesus Christ. The purpose is to make them change both their attitude and character as they serve Jesus Christ on earth.

Solidarity circles: towards creating spaces in the United Church of Christ for solidarity among transnational women

Author
Tracy L Hughes
Abstract
Solidarity circles, a revised refugee ministry praxis for United Church of Christ congregations, offers a practical approach of accompanying refugee women survivors of war in the process of healing from traumatic experiences through a multi-disciplinary congregation-based ministry including the formation of small group woman-to-woman circles and sister church relationships. This thesis-project articulates how African women in diaspora are able to transform their traumatic past so that their memories take on new meaning thereby renewing their lives. Solidarity circles will hopefully be a useful resource for congregational leaders who seek to create a vibrant refugee ministry in their communities.

Developing a ministry model that addresses the needs of Liberian refugees suffering from post traumatic stress disorder

Author
Samuel Emmanuel Vansiea
Abstract
The objective of this project was to develop a ministry model that addresses the needs of Liberian war refugees suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The researcher reviewed biblical healing literature and research literature on PTSD and trauma survivors. The researcher used descriptive research to interview seven Liberian refugees in order to discover related themes in their stories. Based on the literature and interviews, the researcher proposed a ministry model that integrates certain aspects of spiritual rituals with aspects of cognitive behavior therapy and interpersonal psychotherapy together with traditional church ministries as essential for ministry with refugees.

Preaching good news into difficult lives on a bus to Emmaus

Author
Eva M Blom
Abstract
The Thesis described the meeting of female immigrants with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden. The visitors of the parish were sad refugee women from the Middle East. The author investigated how to make them feel better through preaching. Using the pattern of crisis psychology, baptism and exile theories, the author provided a new hope for this women and noticed a strong improvement among them.

A theology of Dan Chung: a humanistic approach to the ministry for the Vietnamese refugees and immigrants

Author
Luat Trong Tran
Abstract
The project proposes a practical ministry to the Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in the United States. It addresses their profound problems in the context of their new socio-political situation. To define the problems, the author combines a multi-disciplinary understanding of the issues with his own personal refugee experience. He undertakes to assess a theology of the Vietnamese dan chung, with faith in Troi used as foundation for the resolution of issues. With careful examination of the problems and immediate needs of these refugees and immigrants, the project suggests a humanistic approach to ministry which includes realistic applications in major areas.
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