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Local Mission Opportunities
Your association can help connect your church to local mission and service opportunities throughout the metro area.
The Good Neighbor Initiative is a place where members of local churches can easily get trained and connected with a new refugee family in St. Louis. Check out the website for all the details and how to get started. www.goodneighborstl.com
Oasis International is a non denominational ministry that focuses on serving the needs of refugees and immigrants. They have been serving the needs of these peoples for several years now and many of our association partnering churches have worked with them. Their projects include receiving and delivering furniture for incoming refugee families into the United States, teaching English, helping incoming persons learn how to drive as well as many other basic skills necessary for life in their new home. Everything they do is centered in the message and love of Christ. Check them out at wwwoasis4refugees.org.
International Institute of St. Louis is a secular non-profit that serves as the primary resource for immigrant and refugee services in the metropolitan area. Their services cover all aspects of the assimilation process including housing, job placement, English and citizenship classes and general orientation to the community for new families. There are plenty of opportunities for you or your group to volunteer with the International Institute in any of their service areas, including The Festival of Nations held in Tower Grove Park every August. Find out more information on how to get involved with the International Institute at www.iistl.org.
Immigrant and Refugee Women's Program is a small non-profit in south St. Louis with a mission to increase the independence and reduce the isolation of immigrant and refugee women by teaching them basic English and practical living skills in the security of their own homes. Though many organizations offer English classes, many immigrant and refugee women are isolated to their homes for a number of reasons and can not continue to advance their education. IRWP offers one on one English tutoring that not only meets the practical learning needs of the student but also provides a better environment for relationship building and the achievement of personal goals. Volunteers in IRWP's program may help a student become a new US citizen, find a new or better job, help with their children's education and many other aspects of life that a native English speaker would likely take for granted. IRWP's program focuses on finding female tutors for women students but often finds men who want to advance their English skills as well. Visit www.irwp.net for more information on how you can become an English and life skills tutor for someone in your community.
Prayer Walking events are conducted several times a year throughout the various communities in St. Louis. Check our calendar for upcoming dates and locations.
Available Tools for Churches
St. Louis Metro offers two services to help our churches get to know their ministry areas.
1. Mapping Center Software. This software can give our churches a list of residents within a specified distance of their facility, mailing labels for community outreach and a "closest neighbor" list for each church member.
2. Scan US. This tool will give churches a snapshot of their ministry area, including population, demographic information and anticipated demographic changes.
For more information on how these tools can help your church contact Tom Firasek.