"Connecting With and Serving Refugees and Immigrants in Your Community”
Countries in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia are home to many people who remain unreached with the gospel. Security, hostility, and general resistance limit Christian outreach efforts in these countries. The current refugee situation creates an opportunity for many churches in the United States. Refugees are coming into the United States and settling in our own communities and cities, and many have never interacted with Christians or heard the gospel message. Pastor Matt Vogt supports a ministry in Las Vegas serving refugees from North Africa. Pastor Peter Bur serves refugees from his home country, South Sudan. Mary Flynn is the refugee resettlement program supervisor at Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. Dana Kirchoff is the communications director at Divine Savior Academy in Doral, Florida. These panel members will share examples of Christians in Las Vegas, Omaha, Wisconsin, and Miami who are reaching out and serving refugees by showing and sharing Christ’s love for them. We hope you walk away from this session with ideas for reaching out to refugees in your community informed with a better understanding of the resettlement process and needs of refugees when they first come to the United States.
Dr. Jason Paltzer has thirteen years of experience in global health and community development. He is the global health director for Kingdom Workers, providing oversight of community health initiatives in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the US. He is also an affiliate of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute where he received his Doctor of Philosophy in Population Health Sciences in 2014. Dr. Paltzer received his Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and lived in Zambia serving as the director of the Lutheran Health & Development program from 2003-2009.