Refugee Work Expands

YWAM’s work with refugees continues to expand. In Europe as well as in the Middle East, teams continue to hand out clothing, teach children, and assist immigrants as they settle.

To donate to YWAM’s work among refugees, go to our donation page, select “For:” and pick “Refugee Crisis” from the list.

You can also join us as a volunteer. To get involved, email us about YWAM refugee ministry.

YWAM Ministry Along the Refugee Trail

Lesvos Team Madison

A YWAM team from Madison, USA volunteers in Lesvos, Greece

On the Greek island of Lesvos, YWAM’s ship the Next Wave has docked and is providing housing for outreach teams. The YWAM workers there have been asked to take two sections of a refugee processing center. They are in charge of the family and unaccompanied children sections. They continually need volunteers to come and work with newly-arrived refugees.

In the Middle East, YWAM runs an elementary school for Syrian refugee children. It’s a challenging task to run the school in a neighborhood where many local residents don’t want refugees among them. Also, most of the children have been traumatized. “Hurting people hurt others, so you can imagine how it is,” the school director said. Never-the-less, the YWAM workers press on, and many children are responding to the loving instruction they receive. One young student wrote, “From the beginning of the year I was not able to read or write but I asked God to help me to be able to read and write and he helped to be smart and I’m thankful to him for everything.”

Germany Refugee Visiting

YWAMers host a Christmas party for refugees in Bad Blankenburg, Germany

In Germany, several YWAM ministry centers help immigrants adjust to their new surroundings. One has started a home for 30 teenage boys that had nowhere else to stay. At another center, YWAM workers teach German classes. They threw a Christmas party and invited refugees from their little town to come. They gave out presents, had a soccer competition, and even went to a midnight Christmas Eve service at a local church. The YWAMers and their guests filled up half the sanctuary.

In other places, YWAM Sicily meets the needs of Africans from places like Tunisia, Sudan, and Libya who are seeking refuge. YWAM Dalarna, Sweden, has begun discipling Afghans who have shown an interest in the gospel. YWAM also has refugee ministry in France, Belgium, Hungary, several Middle Eastern countries, and many other places.

Two Boys in Lesvos

Helena Wahl

Helena Wahl

On Lesvos, Helena Wahl was working in a clothing tent when she spotted two boys, one about 20 years old and the other 11. The younger one had a pouch hanging around his neck. In it she could see the boy’s passport and a few euros peeking out.

The two had come to the clothing tent after a large group of people had just left. Men, women and children had come into the tent wet and cold after getting off their boat. “People were pressing, pushing, panicking to get in and get dry clothing,” Helena recalled. It took a while for all the people to find what they needed, but they were all able to walk away dry and smiling.

Now, as Helena paused to catch her breath, these two boys walked in. The older boy led the younger up to Helena to ask for help. Helena greeted them with the little Arabic she knew. With the assistance of a translator, she tried to serve them. In the process, she found out they were from Iraq. They were trying to get to Sweden.

“Are you brothers?” Helena asked. “No,” they said. They had met as they were traveling.

“Do you have family with you?” Helena inquired. “No,” they said again. They were alone.

“That was where it hit me,” Helena said. She has brothers back in Canada around the same age as those boys. “They had no one, they were traveling alone, and they were the world for each other.”

As the boys picked out clothing, Helena looked down and awkwardly started reorganizing her desk. She didn’t want them to see her tears. “We–who have everything–are giving what we have. But here was a situation where a boy–who has nothing–was giving all that he had. They were helping, protecting, and caring for each other. It was so profound it broke my heart.”

Helena and many other YWAMers are encountering the real stories of real people as they help refugees in many countries.

There are many opportunities to get involved across Europe and the Middle East. Contact us about refugee ministry to find out more.

Also, to receive news updates about the refugee work done by YWAM in Europe, visit the YWAM Europe Refugee Circle website.

Hospitality Homes International

Makahiki Ministries’ Hospitality Homes International is a network of over 120 homes worldwide, privately owned by Christian hosts in the spirit of Romans 12:13 “Share with God’s people in need . . practice hospitality.” They are available to workers seeking spiritual and physical renewal. Our goal is to provide a place for those who battle for the faith to “come away” with Jesus and get some rest and to be restored.

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The Salvation Army International

The Salvation Army International has been serving throughout the world since 1865. Currently they are in 126 countries. Major fields include health services, community development, evangelism, social work, anti-trafficking, women’s ministries, and sports ministry. Much more information is on their website.

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Christian Hospitality Network

More than 400 bed and breakfast inns in all 50 states, Canada, England, Honduras, Nicaragua, Thailand and the US Virgin Islands, provide rooms and suites for a minimum of 25% discount to full-time Christian workers. Many offer substantially greater discounts.

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Jesus Film Mission Trips – Summer 2015

Join Jesus Film Mission Trips this summer and  touch the lives of North Africans as they return to their home countries from temporary jobs held in Europe. They flood to the port cities of France and Spain every year. We offer gifts of JESUS DVDs. Come engage people and give them JESUS.

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Foundation Bethany House – Romania

Foundation Bethany House -Romania has worked with abandoned children off the streets and out of cold neglected orphanages; cared for the sick, hurting and abused; and helped families buy houses. The economic situation is very hard, especially for the weakest and most vulnerable – the Children. We currently are focusing more on preventing abandonment by working with children and families at risk.

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Eagle School of Practical English

We minister in an inner-city area of Wroclaw, the capital city of the Lower Silesia region of Poland, as part of the outreach ministry of the 2nd Baptist Church, teaching English to adults. We often need teachers, with energy, creativity, a sense of humour, and CELTA qualification or equivalent, to commit for at least a year. Ministry includes friendship evangelism as part of a small team.

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Mennonite Brethren Medical Centre (email)

UK-based organization serves a poor rural community of mixed religious background. The Hospital seeks physicians, paediatricians, cardiologists, orthopaedic surgeon, obstetricians and gynaecologists and general practitioners willing to serve on a voluntary basis for a minimum of 2-3 months.

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Emmanuel Hospital Association

UK based organization offers openings for medical personnel, including medical and dental students, in India. Hospitals, Community Health programs, etc. Includes dental surgery, eye care, physiotherapists. Medical, dental, and elective programs. Free staff accommodations for international volunteers.

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Missio Nexus

Born of a 2012 merger between CrossGlobal Link and The Mission Exchange, they are now the largest and most inclusive network of evangelical Christian mission groups in North America. They provide conferences, webinars, and other means of information exchange. Over 35,000 missionaries from over 190 agencies and churches serving in nearly every country are involved with them.

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Christian International School of Prague

(Czech Republic) We need English-speaking teachers (elementary and secondary) with experience and/or certification. We strive to be academically excellent, relationally nurturing, and practically oriented, and to assist students to know God better and to serve and transform their community for Christ. See web site for more. Current Openings

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Lithuania Christian College – LCC

Current openings on website.  Influence the developing leaders of this former Soviet region. Teach at the college level in a variety of academic areas, or teach English in a community based program. PhD or MA required to teach university courses. BA required to teach English or serve in a Student Life role. Our mission is to impart quality education to the children drawn from various sections of the society irrespective of caste, colour, and creed. The development of various skills and formation of character based on the fear and love of God to become distinguished citizens both for our nation and world community.

Teach English in a community based program, or teach at the college level in a variety of academic areas. Influence the developing leaders of this former Soviet region. Service terms vary.

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Light To The Nations

Four day tent making training course includes: Importance of and Biblical basis for tent making, culture shock and bonding with the people, the international job market, effective, sensitive evangelism, leading investigative Bible studies, spiritual warfare, church planting, home church relationship, healthy team relationships, more.

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English Learning for Missions Course

(YWAM, Lausanne, Switzerland) Preach the gospel to the nations, using the English language while growing in your faith! This course seeks to equip you with the confidence and fluency to share your faith with the nations. Improve your English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills with our hands-on approach, and prepare to GO!

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