Employment Services and More!

     Disciples of the Way Ministries opened the Refugee Service Center (RSC) six months ago to counsel our Refugee Neighbors, assist them with job placement, and help them with many other problems that affect their lives daily.
     The Refugee Service Center focuses on creating relationships with employers to gain employment for our Refugee Neighbors. In the last 6 months, the RSC has found jobs for over 60 refugees. But we haven’t stopped there!
     The RSC is not only focused on employment assistance. Our refugee neighbors come in broken and depressed, with a variety of problems and needs. Disciples of the Way ministries is dedicated to holistic ministry; “whole-istically” and “holy-istically”.

Holy-istic Ministry

 When a refugee or refugee family comes to the RSC, our staff welcome them, get to know them, and engage them in meaningful conversation while they wait for their appointments. Our mission-minded staff realize that people matter to God and they recognize that Christ-centered relationships are the foundation for changing their world from darkness to marvelous light.
[I am sending you] to open their eyes, 
so that they may turn from darkness to light 
and from the power of Satan to God, 
that they may receive forgiveness of sins 
and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” 
– Acts 26:18
     Their problems seem insurmountable when they walk through the door and danger looms over every crisis in their life. They come in as strangers but they leave as friends. We pray for opportunities to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “ Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the Hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect..” 1 Peter 3:15
     Prayer is foundational to the work of the RSC. Our missionaries listen to their neighbors’ concerns and pray with them right then for where they hurt. We hold their hands in that hold moment and pray that the Holy Spirit will remove their fears and turn them to faith and hope in Christ Jesus, Our Lord and Savior. We pray that these refugees will find refuge in Christ and be given faith to know that He is their place of comfort and eternal hope. We disciple them in the Way of the Gospel. Through these relationships we teach them to make disciple-makers among their own people and plant ethnic congregations in their own communities. This is our vision for fulfilling the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 and growing the kingdom of Christ.

Whole-istic Ministry

     Often some of their problems can be helped through other ministries and programs of Disciples of the Way. For example, most refugees need to improve their English, so they are sent to the DOW ESL classes and their children attend our Children’s Activity Program (CAP) for community and academic tutoring. Some refugees are eligible to take the citizenship test, so they are sent to the Citizenship classes. The women who want to get out of the house can learn to sew with Sewing Seeds of Faith ministry. These programs and more enable Disciples of the Way Ministries to be “whole-istic” ministry with the goal of making self-sufficient citizens.

     Sometimes, other assistance programs are necessary to correct the problems our neighbors are facing. Below, are a few examples of the “whole-istic” side of the RSC’s ministry relationships. These examples demonstrate how our staff has invested time and effort building relationships which have affected the lives of many of our refugee neighbors in Dallas. We build relationships with the hope that, through us, our refugee neighbors might have a relationship with Jesus Christ and live in the hope of eternal life.

Come and See!

 As the ministry continues to grow, we need volunteers and helpers to continue to keep up with the needs of our fast-growing community. Disciples of the Way welcomes you and your churches to come and visit and see with your own eyes what God is doing! Changing the lives; one refugee at a time, one family at a time and slowly planting churches from all nations one group at a time.
I have fled to you for refuge” – Psalm 143:9