Learning about who refugees are, their experiences and how U.S. resettlement works can feel daunting — but it doesn’t have to! No matter where you are in your journey of learning about refugees, there are a variety of ways to expand your knowledge. 

Exodus World Service representatives are trained and available to speak to your church or group. Presentations and workshops can be geared for your classroom, small group, youth group, church congregation, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, missions fair or other community gathering. See the opportunities below or contact us to create a custom presentation. 

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Learning Activities​

Cross-Cultural & Refugee Issues Training​

Target Audience: Adults, College

Duration: 3 hours

Currently virtual, this training prepares volunteers to engage with refugees. It offers in-depth learning and activities to broaden a volunteer’s understanding of who refugees are and how they get to the U.S., as well as what help they receive when they arrive. Learn about different cultures, how to navigate cross-cultural communication and friendship, and how to get involved with Exodus. This training is a prerequisite for New Neighbor volunteers, but is open to everyone.

Register for an upcoming virtual training, or contact us to ask about scheduling one for your group. 

Refugee Journey Simulations​

Pen & Paper Simulation

Target Audience: High School, Adults

Duration: 30 – 40 minutes

This simple story-driven simulation can be completed at a table with one sheet of paper, but provides tremendous insight into the refugee experience. Led by a host, participants have the chance to think about what refugees experience when fleeing their homeland. What will you bring? Who will you encounter? How can everyone work together? The activity ends with reflection on the choices made.

Run For Your Life Simulation (on hold)

Target Audience: Middle & High School, Adults

Duration: 1.5 – 3 hours

This is an interactive, hands-on simulation that engages groups physically and emotionally in the refugee experience and then guides participants through reflection. Using real boats, tents and border security experiences, this simulation is designed to help participants take a walk in the shoes of a refugee. *Due to COVID-19, this opportunity is currently on hold.*

Live Forum: Understanding Refugees and Their Journey

Target Audience: Adults, College

Duration: 45 minutes

You’ve seen headlines about refugees. Sometimes information is confusing to sort through. Join our expert staff for Understanding Refugees and Their Journey, with Q & A. This live session will help you understand who refugees are and navigate the misconceptions. Why do refugees flee their homeland? What process do they go through to be invited to the U.S.? Bring your questions and join us!

Reading Activities​

Who Is My Neighbor? What the Bible Says About Refugees

A Four-Week Study Guide

Target Audience: Individuals, small groups, congregations

Duration: 4 weeks

This free Bible study is ideal for individuals, small groups or entire congregations. The four-week study includes true refugee stories, an in-depth study of what the Bible says about refugees and thought-provoking discussion questions. Challenging yet accessible, this study is the ideal accompaniment to a sermon series or as a follow-up to a one-day focus on refugees.

Book Club

Target Audience: Adults, College

Duration: 7 weeks

Join with others for Book Club to read and discuss “The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community” by Mary Pipher. Book Club meets on Zoom every Thursday from September 17 – October 29. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Reading Lists

Target Audience: Children, young adults, adults

You can better understand the refugee experience by reading firsthand accounts of refugees and learning about the complexity of issues surrounding displacement. 

People of all ages can begin to learn about refugees. Browse three lists of recommended books, one each for young children, kids ten and up, and adults. 

Other Opportunities

World Refugee Sunday

Target Audience: Churches

Timeframe: June of each year

Each year, churches around the world observe the Sunday before and/or after June 20 as World Refugee Sunday — a beautiful moment to bring awareness of God’s heart for refugees. Exodus is able to provide speakers, sermon outlines, sample prayers, bulletin inserts, slideshow templates, videos, FAQ’s on the refugee crisis and more to help educate your community in honor of this important day.

View free resources, or contact us to request a speaker or custom materials.

Custom Service Projects & Vision Trips​

Target Audience: Groups

There are many additional ways to engage your group in refugee ministry. From specialized collection drives to vision trips in the refugee community, Exodus will design an opportunity to meet your needs.

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