Help refugees integrate into their new country and community
Pastor Scott Griswold will lead a dynamic, interactive, action-focused, training called Reach the World Next Door training on Zoom starting August 9. The course requires a weekly commitment of 1.5 hours for 13 weeks plus an outreach assignment. You can choose from two classes on Tuesday, either 9:30-11:00 a.m. or 7:00-8:30 p.m.
The class is free but space is limited. Register by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Call or text Pastor Scott for more information at 707-380-9554.
Join us for United Prayer for the World Next Door each Tuesday at 7 a.m. CT by calling (602) 580-9746 and using the access code: 6207480.
Use Praying for the World Next Door in your personal devotion time, family worship, or a church small group like Sabbath school or Pathfinders.
Teach conversational English as a crucial first step in helping refugees get jobs, integrate, and interact in their new environment.
Contact Person: Julie Thompson. Call 832.257.6697 or Bucky Abar. Call 832.471.9521
Donate Important Items
Share new and gently-used miscellaneous items. The following items are especially needed:
Drop off items at 15908 Bryan Lane, Willis, TX 77378 (Call 707.380.9554) or with Leonard Smith on Mondays and Wednesdays after 6 p.m. at the Houston West Seventh-day Adventist Church (Call 713.447.2224).
Donate a used car to help refugees get to work and school. Help them regain their independence and dignity. If you have a car to donate or a small group that wants to buy one together please email Julie Griswold: email@example.com
Collect and distribute food to apartments or hotels where Afghan families are staying.
Contact Person: Leonard Smith. Call 713.447.2224
Food and money donations are appreciated. For frequently needed items, see the above list.
You and your family can help a newly arrived refugee family figure out how to survive and thrive in America. Give them a friendly welcome, help connect them to resources, and be an advocate for them to help them navigate their new life. You can help them orient to find discount stores, schools, and hospitals.
Contact Person: Bucky Abar. Call 832.471.9521
Pick up and distribute furniture and kitchen supplies to recently arrived refugees.
Donations are appreciated.
Contact Person: Fredine Daley. Call 832.420.7412
Pick-Up and Delivery of Large Items
Contact Person: Jose Najera. Call 713.249.7248
Family Fun Day
Plan and participate in Family Fun Day at the park with recently arrived children, fathers, mothers, and young adults. Teach important values and spiritual truths in a fun and respectful way. Help plan an Adventurer or Pathfinder program.
Contact Person: Julie Griswold. Call 707.380.9864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
After School Tutoring
Help refugee children who are struggling with their school subjects.
Contact Person: Lucile Saint Martin. Call 909.550.3332
Help with Social Services
Assist refugees to know what they are eligible for and help fill out application forms for various resources such as medical insurance, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Contact Person: Robin Harrison. Call 832.867.5577
Job Hunting Support
To help a refugee interested in being a mechanic contact Stewart Usedo. Call 281.221.8954
To help a refugee interested in phlebotomy or health-related careers contact Daniel Gonzalez. Call 423.432.0780
Give through ASAP Ministries. Click "Have My Gift Go Towards" then select "Reach the World Next Door" or call (269) 471-3026.
You can also give to support a new worker named Pastor Shahbaz who will help members share their faith effectively with Muslims. Donate to help the Cyrus Project here.
Here are 3 areas of training we want you to do for your continued involvement in refugee ministry with Reach the World Next Door.
1. It is crucial that you register and do the Sterling volunteer training with the Texas Conference to help increase our safety for any children involved. https://texasadventist.org/volunteerministries/ (It usually takes a little over an hour).
2. In our work with Afghans we have come to appreciate the training and counsel of Gabriela Phillips who is the director for Adventist Muslim Relations for the North American Division. We want you to go through these 5 orientation sessions before you proceed much into ministry among Muslims here in Houston. (These are short and very helpful).
Additional Webinar: My Church is Involved in Helping Refugees--Here's How it Looks (Ignacio Goya)
3. Please begin the Reach the World Next Door training. We have packed into our 13-lesson training the essentials of cross-cultural ministry, specifically how to meet, befriend, serve, witness and disciple people from other religious backgrounds. Please begin this training preferably as a group with your church and/or family. This is available through reachtheworldnextdoor.com/training/online We can help you get registered for that and coach you to help you do the training and facilitate it for others. (This may take you about 3 months if you work on it once a week and is best done with a group of friends, family or church members). You will receive a certificate upon completion. Please contact Pastor Scott Griswold to get started at email@example.com
(This page is a work in progress. Please contact us to inform of new opportunities you think should be added. Write firstname.lastname@example.org or text 707-380-9864).