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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​

Engaging with Refugees: Cross-Cultural 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​

Fleeing For Your Life Simulation (in-person or virtual)

Target Audience: Middle & High School, College, Adults

Duration: 1.5 – 3 hours

In this interactive simulation, your group will take on the roles of refugees forced to flee their homeland, making tough decisions along the way. Facilitated in-person or virtually, this immersive experience engages participants through compelling true stories and discussion questions. Follow in the steps of a refugee. Watch the preview video or click the button below to learn more.

Pen & Paper Simulation (virtual)

Target Audience: High School, Adults

Duration: 30 – 40 minutes

This story-driven simulation gives participants the chance to learn and think about what refugees experience when fleeing war and persecution in their homeland. An Exodus facilitator will guide your group to understand the complex refugee journey. What will you bring? Who will you encounter? What life-changing decisions will you make? The activity ends with a debrief and reflections on the choices made. Email jody.may@exodusworldservice.org for more information.

Welcoming Refugees: Kids Education Program

Target Audience: Elementary and Middle School

Duration: 20 minutes

This learning experience introduces students to the refugee experience in an interactive and engaging program. As they learn about refugees and hear firsthand accounts, students will encounter what it means to be empathetic neighbors and friends to those who have fled their homes and started a new life in America. This program can be paired with an organized service project or fundraiser. Email carissa.zaffiro@exodusworldservice.org for more information. 

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.

Click the link below to download the Bible Study today!

Book Club

Target Audience: Adults, College

Duration: 6 weeks

Join with others to read and discuss books that feature stories by and about refugees. The group meets weekly via Zoom. Participation is free, but registration is required. Check back for the next start date.

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: Any Sunday in June

Each year, churches around the world observe World Refugee Sunday in June—a beautiful moment to bring awareness of God’s heart for refugees. Exodus can provide speakers, sermon outlines, sample prayers, slideshows, videos, activities, and more to help educate your community on this important topic.

To learn more about how your church or family can participate, or to request free resources, visit the page below or contact sue.horgan@exodusworldservice.org.

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. Email sue.horgan@exodusworldservice.org for more information.

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