Resources

Learn - Who is my neighbor?

There are now an estimated 258 million people living in a country other than their country of birth — an increase of 49% since 2000. If all migrants lived in one country it would be the fifth most populous country on earth. Some immigration is by choice; at other times people are forcibly displaced from their homes due to circumstances outside of their control. This past year, 1 person was displaced every 2 seconds. These may all see like big numbers and global trends, but they impact your local community. The reality is that no matter where you live - whether urban or rural, east coast, west coast, or somewhere in-between – you’ve noticed a change in the demographics of your community. One of the first ways that Immigrant Connection seeks to partner with you is providing up-to-date resources to help you research your own community and find out more about your immigrant and refugee neighbors.

Immigration might be one of the most polarizing issues in today’s world. It is also a popular topic, consistently showing up on the national and local news and your personal newsfeed. While it seems everyone has an opinion, it surprises most people, including people of faith, to learn that Jesus and the Bible speak frequently about immigrants. Our hope is that followers of Jesus will formulate their thoughts and perspectives on immigrants based on a Biblical perspective. Our learning resources help you teach others about God and His heart for immigrants. Whether your need is related to curriculum to lead a one-day workshop, a weekly small group, or preach a sermon, Immigrant Connection has resources to help.

Specific fact sheets on your community

Data on immigrants, Customized for your specific city.

Net Migration Patterns for U.S. Counties

Local Community Demographics

SMALL GROUP RESOURCES

Welcoming the Stranger Small Group Guide and Six Session Curriculum

Church Between Borders:Three Session Workshop – Facilitator’s Guide

You Welcomed Me - A Practical Toolkit for Families

PREACHING / TEACHING RESOURCES

Going to Samaria:Understanding the Biblical Call to Serve Immigrants

Welcoming the Stranger: A Sermon from Kyle Ray

Connect

Immigration is an issue, immigrants are people. While Immigrant Connection is proud to help you learn about changes in your community and learn about a Biblical perspective on immigrants and immigration; our deepest desire is that you will connect and build relationships with individual immigrants and refugees in your community. We firmly believe the most transformative location is around a table – where people connect face to face and listen and learn from one another. With this in mind, we have several categories of resources to help you form these connections and relationships in your own community. For some, a good first step might be opening up dialogue and creating one-on-one or group meetings to hear each other’s stories and learn together.

Creating space for dialogue and building relationships

Let’s Talk Immigration: An interactive workshop promoting public dialogue on immigration

The Receiving Communities Toolkit: A guide for engaging mainstream America in immigration integration

Crossing Borders: Building Relationships Across Lines of Difference

Welcome

After you've moved through the process of learning and connecting, the next step is welcoming. To provide welcome is a threefold movement - its  towards immigrants (serving felt needs), with immigrants (healthy partnerships together), and through immigrants (empowering and following their lead). There are several innovative, powerful ways to spread welcome. We have found that family resource nights, language classes, citizenship classes, and Know Your Rights workshops are all great initial options. Immigrant Connection has developed "plug and play" resources and toolkits that allow you to start each of these welcoming activities in your community.

Conversational English Classes

Practical Conversational English Lessons – 3 Sample Lesson Plans

Comprehensive Multi-Level ESL Teaching Guide

Citizenship Classes

Citizenship Class Curriculum – Sample Lesson Outline

Citizenship Class Curriculum – Sample Lesson PowerPoint

Know Your Rights and Family Preparedness Workshops

Know Your Rights Presentation: Train the Trainer Workshop

Step by Step Family Preparedness Plan – English

Step by Step Family Preparedness Plan – Spanish