Posted by Kaylee K on Thursday, September 21, 2017 Under: Unaccompanied Refugee Youth
As I reflect on our visits with many individuals and ministries across Europe this summer, I am truly grateful for the connections we have made. I recognize that God has designed John and I both as connectors and He uses this in our ministry work almost daily. Again and again this summer, we were able to see how God wove together new relationships to help build out support programs for refugees...some having nothing to do with our own ministry but for the furthering of other work (which is awesome!). I want to share a quick story that demonstrates the exciting ways the network God inspired us to launch, Mobilised for Minors (MUM), helps connect the dots and shows that as a community we can do so much more together to help refugee youth than any of us can do alone.
For me, the following was a point of celebration at the end of our recent 3-month travels in Europe. At times it was difficult to assess the impact we have and where this journey is leading. After getting the email newsletter from the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), however, we could see that the MUM network is being used by God to engage His church in caring for unaccompanied refugee youth.
This email from CAFO announced a focus on unaccompanied refugee minors this Orphan Sunday (November 12th) for European churches. This is a huge opportunity to raise awareness and engage the church. I am humbled and honored that I was asked to work with this organization this summer to help launch this campaign and to develop the materials and the programs for it. To see this launch and to know that it is a demonstration of the impact of this network is so exciting.
Here are the pieces that came together through the network to bring this to fruition:
- This focus for Orphan Sunday on unaccompanied minors was inspired by someone in our network who then introduced me to the director at CAFO
- Through the Refugee Highway Partnership's Task Force for Children and Youth, I was able to kick-off a prayer initiative that has been on a colleague's heart for a year now
- Two other network members collaborated on a paper that included a wonderful bible study they allowed us to share as a resource for this campaign
- We are promoting participation in the campaign through the European Evangelical Alliance, the Refugee Highway Partnership, World Without Orphans, and the MUM Network
Our goals this summer were to build out the network, raise awareness, and get some clarity on next steps and our long-term ministry location. We definitely feel all of those boxes were checked because of the connections God has made and the relationships we have been honored to develop in this journey.
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