Inspiring a Love for Evangelism
Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Biblical Theological Foundations

Session I: A Biblical Approach for an Inner Healing-Discipleship Cycle for Migrants and Refugees
Dioi Cruz
Session II: Applying the Ministry of Presence in the Compassionate Care of Immigrants and Refugees

Johnnathan Ward and Ivan Omana

Session III: Ellen White, Social Justice, and Refugees 
Nicholas Miller

Session IV: Looking at Immigrants and Refugees from a Biblical Perspective
Boubakar Sanou

Session V: We are All Immigrants and Pilgrims: Biblical Themes from Dueteronomy and Hebrews
Glenn Russell & Jony Hajaj

Track 2: Discipling the World Next Door

Speakers: Scott Griswold and Ricardo Palacios.  Learn how to apply Jesus’ specific method of disciple-making in the context of Buddhists refugees, Muslim immigrants, secular international students, and beyond.
Session I: Choosing Holistic and Ethical Evangelism. Learn to make first contacts with internationals, be truly helpful, and bridge to spiritual conversations. 
Session II: Sharing the Three Angels’ Gospel Cross-Culturally. Explore the relevance of the Bible’s end-time message for Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, and more.
Session III: Redeeming Cultures. Discover steps to engage, appreciate, and transform cultures including your own.
Session IV: Multiplying Disciples. Integrate Jesus’ method of making disciples in your own life and in your work among refugees and immigrants. 

Track 3: Español

Sección I: Usando la Inteligencia Cultural en evangelismo
Carmelo Mercado

Sección II: Como ganar el corazón del musulmán
Gabriela Phillips

Sección III: El impacto del trauma: Como hemos de presentar Jesús para los que son quebrados?
Ingrid Slikkers

Sección IV: Asuntos de Transculturación/Aculturación de Latinos 
Ruben Rivera
Sección V: ¿Qué nos dice la Biblia acerca de la migración?
M. Daniel Carroll R.
Sección VI: La ley y la inmigración
Danny Inquilla
Sección VII: Siete estrategias claves para servir existosamente a la comunidad migrante
Juanita Ruiz
Sección VIII: Inmigrando con Dios: Ejemplos Bíblicos para la ética y el evangelismo
Erick Mendieta

Track 4: Refugees – Strategies and Solutions

Section I: Intregration 
Papers addressing the issues of how refugess/aylum seekers are integrated into host societies. Papers may include the distinctions between integration and asylum, and how public policies in host countries aid or impede integration. In this panel issues such as cultural, social and political challenges may be addressed.

  • Social Services – housing, education, cash assistance
  • Culture
Section II: Repatriation
Papers addressing challenges with the repatriation of refugess from host country to country of origin. Papers may also choose to address the complications associated with IDPs return to their community of origin.
  • Refoulment
  • Social capital
  • Reconstruction
  • Justice for human rights violations
Section III: Resettlement
Papers should address challenges facing both host governments, populations, and refugees/asylum seekers in the resettlement process.  Papers may focus on the legal aspects of claiming refugee/asylum status in a receiving country, how receiving countries legally definte these entering groups, and the problems of documentation (i.e., identification paperwork, which in the case of many people may not exist).
  • Refugee or asylum seeker
  • Legal frameworks for receiving countries
  • Family re-unification

Section IV: Forced Migration
Papers in this panel concern the conditions under which migration may occur.  This includes populations fleeing armed conflict, involuntary removal (ethnic cleansing), or other sectarian/political violence.

  • Armed conflict
  • Ethnic cleansing
  • Sectarian violence

Track 5: House Churches/SEEDS

Track 6: Reaching Refugee Language Groups

Section I: Overview and Best Practices in Church Planting Among Refugees in North America
(Terri Saelee, coordinator NAD Adventist Refugee & Immigrant Ministries)
This session will cover the following topics:

  • The central prophetic role of refugees and migrants (including international students) in God’s strategy for to reaching the world with the everlasting gospel in this generation
  • The elephant in the room:  Are terrorists coming with refugees?  If so, how should we respond?
  • Demographics and Statistics of reached, barely reached, and unreached refugees, asylees, refugee applicants, international students, and other migrants in North America
  • How to find and connect with refugee and migrant populations and pocket communities
  • Advantages and disadvantages of various church planting models: monolingual ethnic churches; multi-ethnic churches.  Avoid the pitfalls of choosing a model that doesn’t fit.
  • The role of the pastor in church planting among refugees. (How to avoid splintering a church when you’re only trying to help.)
  • The best way for a conference to grow the work among refugees. (It doesn’t have to break the budget to be fair to these groups and reach and grow them.)
  • Resources
Section II: Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Lao language groups, Buddhists from Southeast Asia
(Terri Saelee, coordinator NAD Adventist Refugee & Immigrant Ministries)
Most Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Laotians, who began coming as refugees beginning back in 1975 are still unreached.  Gain insights into their background, values, and culture, and learn about language-specific media and printed resources to reach them.

Section III: Hmong, Mienh, Montagnard and other Animists from Southeast Asia
(Terri Saelee, coordinator NAD Adventist Refugee & Immigrant Ministries)
Refugees from Animist backgrounds in Southeast Asia are very open, but can be easily turned away if those reaching out to them do not understand their background, religious world view, and core values.  Learn how to best reach these groups.


Section IV: Karen, Karenni Refugee Groups from Eastern Myanmar (Burma)
(Terri Saelee, coordinator NAD Adventist Refugee & Immigrant Ministries)
Karen and Karenni refugees come from some of the worst places in the world for refugees.  Learn how Karen church plants in North America grew from zero to 50 in eight years, and grapple with the challenge of reaching the unreached Karenni language group.

Section V: Zomi, Mizo, Falam, and Burmese-speaking Chin language groups from Western Myanmar (Burma)
(Terri Saelee, coordinator NAD Adventist Refugee & Immigrant Ministries)
Refugee groups from Western Myanmar have unique needs. Learn how to best reach them.

Section VI: Oromo, Eritrean, Sudanese
(Terri Saelee, coordinator NAD Adventist Refugee & Immigrant Ministries)
Gain understanding and resources for reaching refugees from the Northeast African countries of Oromo, Eritrea, and South Sudan and learn how God is working to spread the gospel among these language groups in North America.

Section VII: Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Swahili, Kiswahili
(Terri Saelee, coordinator NAD Adventist Refugee & Immigrant Ministries)
Many Seventh-day Adventists have had to flee war and persecution in their home countries. When they arrive in the States, they have multiple needs. Learn about the unique needs and challenges of the Kinyarwanda/Kirundi, Swahili and Kiswahili-speaking refugees, and how to reach those who are already Seventh-day Adventists, and those who are not.

Section VIII: Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugees
(Terri Saelee, coordinator NAD Adventist Refugee & Immigrant Ministries)
Terri Saelee calls the Nepali-speaking Bhutanese refugee language group "the largest, most open, yet least reached refugee language group in North America." Learn what does and what does not work in reaching this language group that comes from a Hindu background.

‚ÄčTrack 7: Refugee Ministry Among Muslims

Section I: Christ's Method Alone: Mingling in the Muslim context as desiring people’s good 
(Gabriela Phillips & Darleen Handal and Melissa Giebel)
  • Islamic view on Christians
  • Refugee:  vulnerability, openness to change and rediscovering of Islam
  • Desiring people’s good: attitude matters
  • Establishing credibility with integrity
  • Clear spiritual identity and role
  • How does godliness look like for Muslims?
Section II: Christ's Method Alone: Establishing AMFA (Model 1) 
(Darleen Handal and Melissa Giebel)
  • Sympathy (relational approach to understanding.
  • Understanding and meeting heart needs.
  • Confidence and faith in God.
Section III: Christ Method alone: Follow me 
(Marty & Gabriela Phillips)
  • Following Jesus in the Muslim context
  • Jesus in the Qur’an, and Islamic worldview (stories)
  • A home-based movement that creates new communities of faith

Section IV: Lessons from Minneapolis: A Peace-building Community based approach (Model 2)
(Mohamoud Mohammad & Bruce Moyer)
Section V: Lessons from Minneapolis: A Peace-building Community based approach (Model 2)  
(Mohamoud Mohammad & Bruce Moyer)
Section VI: Plan of Action for your particular context and exploring advocacy issues: preparing a plan together for each attendee. 
(Gabriela Phillips, Darleen Handal, Melissa Giebel, Marty Phillips, Mohamoud Mohammad & Bruce Moyer)

Track 8: Whole Person Care

Section I: Does Something Come Before the Gospel? - The Importance of Meeting Basic Human Needs 
(Presenter: Graduate Students from Dual Degree Program-MDiV/MSW, Andrews University)
Following the example of Jesus when He fed the five-thousand and cared for the human needs in the preaching of the gospel, this session will describe well-known Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and its application in working with immigrants and refugees including some cultural factors.

Section II: Understanding, Creating and Accessing Community Resources, Human Services Benefits and Advocacy
(Presenter: David, Family Resettlement Case Manager, Supervisor of Refugee Boys’ Homes, Bethany Christian Services)
This section will have first-hand description and experiences from social worker/s from a local agency that has refugee and immigrant programs.  Included will be reports on how to create community relationships with key agencies and employers to support refugees.  There will be some basic instruction on general eligibility for benefits, how to access them and the importance of advocacy on behalf of the immigrants or refugees.

Section III: Recognizing and Understanding General Mental Health Needs of Immigrants and Refugees  
(Presenter: Graduate Students from Dual Degree Program-MDiV/MSW, Andrews University)
Attendees to this section will gain greater understanding of general mental health, adjustment periods, and basic information about spotting symptoms of depression and anxiety.  The discussion will bring up ideas for non-professionals to recognize, support and engage but more importantly, when and where to seek outside referral options.
Section IV:  The Impact of Trauma - How do we present Jesus to those so fractured? 
(Presenter: Ingrid Weiss Slikkers, Social Work Assistant Professor and Clinical Consultant to Immigrant and Refugee Services, Bethany Christian Services)
One definition of trauma is that it is a “deeply distressing or disturbing experience”. Most, if not all, immigrants and refugees are struggling with some sort of trauma due to the cause for, or the actual migration process, not to mention the acculturation shock, the grief and loss and possible violence experienced.  Many refugees suffer with diagnosable post-traumatic stress disorder.  This session will describe the effects of trauma on the brain, relationships and its effect on adaptation, growth and thought progression.  Included will be descriptions of what healing can look like as well as ways to support this process.