Refugee Outreach and Resources

IMG_0222Restoration Outreach Programs (ROP) seeks to reach out and build community with the numerous refugee people groups along East Colfax Avenue in Northwest Aurora, and Northeast Denver by developing ongoing and growing relationships with Christian refugee church leaders in the ROP community.  Since we moved to our current location on Boston Street in Aurora in 2008, the population in our area has taken on quite a different complexion.   It is now composed of thousands of refugees from many countries in addition to disadvantaged Hispanics, Blacks and Caucasians.

Who is a Refugee?  A refugee is a person who “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.”

Heather helping Nepali girls with craftWho is an Asylee?  When a person(s) flees their own country and seeks sanctuary in another country, they apply for asylum —- the right to be recognized as a refugee and receive legal protection and material assistance.  An asylum seeker must demonstrate that his or her fear of persecution in his or her home country is well-founded.

Why are they coming to our nation and cities? They are seeking:  the right to life; justice; basic sustenance; safety; equality; dignity, honor and respect; liberty, religious freedom; the pursuit of opportunities & happiness

Where are our new “neighbors” coming from?  Nepal/Bhutan; Burma (Chin, Karen, Kachin, Karenni, Mon); Afghanistan; Egypt, Iran; Iraq; Burundi; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Liberia; Republic of Congo; Somalia; Sudan

ROP’s Motivation to make an increasing investment in our refugee neighbors:Burmese child in sling carrier

The Great Commission,And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age’.”  Matthew 28:18-20

The Great Commandment, Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?  And He said to him, ‘You will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:36-40

 ROP’s Refugee Ministry Desired Outcomes

 ROP’s Refugee Ministry Approach

 For more information on ROP Refugee Outreach and Resources contact:  Lucy Bruser

 

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