Syrian Refugee Ministry Resources from @EncompassCrisis

Today I had the privilege to be on a phone call with some of my friends and church leaders to swap stories, share resources and attempt to stimulate some movement toward making a difference.

My colleague, Barb Wooler who is director of Encompass’ Crisis Response Network has been collecting info and shared this helpful list.  I’m giving her all the credit…but wanting to circulate this to be helpful to you and those you know!



·        GC2’s Statement: Theological Foundations

·        Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) Adopted Statement on Immigration & Refugee Debate — Point 5 on webpage:

·        David Platt’s Five Points, Gives a Biblical Framework for the Church’s Response to Refugees — recorded Dec. 17, 2015 >>  5 Truths about the Church & Immigrants

·        Evangelical Immigration Table – good resource on immigration  (

·        Resources from GC2 (

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 THE TALK – OVERVIEW OF THE PRESENT ISSUE on (YouTube, – Recorded in November 2015 (33 min) with: World Relief’s Stephan Bauman, World Vision’s Richard Stern & Gabe Lyons



·        The Syrian Circle video

·        The Syrian Circle Website (


·  Locally: As World Relief prepares for resettling many Syrian and other Muslim-background refugees (from Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan), they are in need of help including the following (see their Get Involved page):

  • “Good Neighbor Teams” (6-12 month commitment to a family)
  • Language partners
  • ESL help
  • people go prepare Welcome Kits
  • funding to pay for apartments for refugees
  • people to employ refugees

·  Internationally: There are a couple different opportunities – one in Germany and the other in Turkey – to help with refugees in camps or processing centers. This will not be firmed up for another month or so. More to come about these possibilities as they develop. Contact Barb if you are interested

·        Go on a team through The Syrian Circle – see their website ( o


·        Attend the GC2 Summit on January 20th at Wheaton College (Illinois), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There was also talk that they would be offering Simulcasts, encouraging churches to have “Simulcast Parties” where the event can be live-streamed for a group in your church or community (information on that above link)

Grateful for your partnership in Christ,

Barb Wooler
Director of Crisis Response
Encompass World Partners
574-268-1888 x24 (office)

Jesus’ Silence and Solitude

JesusSolitudeThe priority of Jesus’ solitude and silence is everywhere in the Gospels. It’s how he began his ministry. It’s how he made important decisions. It’s how he dealt with troubling emotions like grief. It’s how he dealt with the constant demands of his ministry and cared for his soul. It’s how he taught his disciples. It’s how he prepared for important ministry events. It’s how he prepared for his death on the cross.

Jesus’ solitude is how he went deeper in his love-relationship with the God he knew as “Abba”.* Won’t you take a chronological journey through the Gospel of Mark and see where He stopped for silence & solitude?

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Jesus’ Solitude & Silence

*Special Thanks to Bill Gaultiere who outlined most of this concept and content for us.  I did enhance the Bible Passages through the Gospels and made it a self-study worksheet.  You can see Bill’s article online at 

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