Mariners Church Refugee Ministry exists to build a bridge between the church and our neighbors across all borders. We recognize that we are ALL foreigners who have refuge in God. Connecting with the diaspora and refugee communities is our opportunity to extend God’s love and restore dignity to those who are navigating a new home.
Did you know...
In the wake of globalization our world has changed. Millions of people have been dispersed from their countries of origin to various places around the world.
- Since 1990 over 56 million immigrants have made their way to the U.S. and only 1% of them ever get involved in church.
- 70% of the close to 1 million international students who come to the U.S. will never visit an American home.
- Orange County is now home to 170,000 nominal Muslims from Iran and other places.
- More than 50% of refugees are children
This phenomenon calls for us to evolve our mission’s models/strategies. We can no longer engage globally without engaging the refugee community in our country and partner countries.
For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone. Ephesians 2:18-20
We encourage you to continue praying for the exploding refugee crisis around the globe. Immediate prayer needs are for resources to be provided to the refugee communities and for the church to rise up and take part in being God’s hands and feet in this situation.
Upcoming Engagement Points & Volunteer Opportunities:
Voice of Refugees Picnic in the Park
Voice of the Refugees will host a spring picnic at a park in the Buena Park area for the local refugee population it serves. It expects roughly 40 refugee families. Volunteers are needed in two areas: childcare (playing games with the kids) and food (wet up, serving, and clean up).
Monthly Monday Night Prayer Nights
More info contact Muriu Makumi: [email protected]
Attend a Local Refugee Church
We believe in embracing reciprocal learning relationships and love worshipping with refugee families at their churches.
Future Events: United Nights of Worship (2x a year), Lunar New Year Celebration, and other cultural events, as well as collaborative serve opportunities for both communities to engage in together.
Volunteer: Interested in jumping in? Fill out the application below to get started.
VOICES OF REFUGEES (VOR)
VOR is a faith-based non-profit that exists to mobilize local resources in order to fully engage and assist the Middle Eastern and North African refugee community of Orange County to re-establish and assimilate their lives in the United States.
WORLD RELIEF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
World Relief Southern California works to resettle refugees from all over the world with the end result of creating self-sufficient members of society and reaching out to them with the Message of Christ. They also seek to empower local churches so they can serve the vulnerable in their communities.