8:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00 AM Welcome
9:15 AM Where’s God in this?
A brief overview of the plight of refugees across the Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu worlds and observations about global disruption and the growth of the church.
10:00 AM The Refugee’s Trek: A Guide to their Status
What’s the difference between refugees, IDPs, and asylum seekers? What’s the typical “plot line” for a refugee? How does that impact their sense of identity?
10:40 AM Break
10:50 AM When No Place is Home
What challenges do refugees and immigrants face? How can we help? A cross-cultural social worker shares insights drawn from her own story and those of her clients
11:30 AM Beyond Words
Why is communication so hard? A primer on how communication works across cultures and why what you think you’re communicating may not be what’s coming across
12:30 PM Lunch and Networking
1:15 PM Panel Discussion: The Challenges of Serving
Power dynamics, the ethics of evangelism, compassion fatigue and other topics
2:00 PM Short and Long-term Opps Serving Refugees
Jamie Burt, OnTrack Coordinator, Interserve USA