The Greater Boston Refugee Ministry offers its first training through the Emmanuel Gospel Center.
A small team emerges with a vision to reach the refugees of Worcester.
From a diversity of backgrounds we come together with one thing in common: a burden for refugees.
The core group begins meeting regularly.
God gives us the opportunity to learn more by attending resettlement agency meetings.
We consider how to address the overwhelming needs in the Worcester area by coming alongside those already serving refugees.
Worcester Alliance for Refugee Ministry is officially born!
Over the first year, we watch the Lord open many opportunities.
We launch our training program, a sewing center, and a drop-in cafe for refugees.
We host a backpack drive, furnish forty apartments, and assist with employment opportunities and driver's education.
We begin to focus our resources to equip individuals and churches to reach out to refugees in their own communities.
Our core group of volunteers can only offer so much, but as mentors, we can mobilize a broader network of volunteers.
We envision enabling churches to start their own self-directed refugee ministries.
We form a board of directors, and begin the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
We look back with gratitude at how far God has brought us.
Exciting things lie ahead! God is the one building this bridge to the nations arriving in our own communities.