Multicultural & Immigrants
With residual fallout from Covid-19, be advised partners may have different guidelines for the protection of those they serve. Many are now accepting volunteers and looking forward to having you serve with them!
Since 2010, over 10 million immigrants have come to the United States, many in our own neighborhoods and communities. Moving anywhere new can be a stress-filled time, and this increases tenfold when the destination is a whole new country. Many are fleeing dangerous situations aside from poverty and other oppression.
In Matthew 25:35 Jesus says "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." We believe there is a shared responsibility among the followers of Christ to reach out and welcome in all people groups, especially those right in our own backyards!
How to Get Involved
Network of Nations is an organization that links NIU and community internationals with each other and then connects them with local churches in the DeKalb area. Many face the challenges of cultural adjustment, language difficulties, isolation, and loneliness. Approximately 1,300 international scholars and students along with their families are enrolled at NIU every year. Network of Nations is committed to extending hospitality, friendship, and practical care. To find serving opportunities at Network of Nations: Click Here.
EVENT: Network of Nations is hosting a prayer walk on Sunday August 9th at 4pm on the campus of NIU. They will meet at Immanuel Lutheran Church in DeKalb where prayer requests will be handed out to participants. Wear your mask or face covering, and plan to practice proper social distancing.
Bonus: If you want to read more about Network of Nations, you can check out this blog post about this ministry on our Community Impact Blog.
Nepalese & Bhutanese
Within Kane County there has been an increasing number of Nepalese and Bhutanese moving in, and they are looking for a home church. We have been partnering with a local church-planter to create a safe community for all to worship God together. We also have seen integration with the Nepalese and Bhutanese youth joining with the Student Ministries programs at our Aurora Campus.
Bonus: If you want to read more about the Nepalese Church Plant, you can check out this blog post about this ministry on our Community Impact Blog.
Hispanic & Latin Culture
Did you know at the Streamwood Campus, Hispanic church Bálsamo al Corazón meets every Sunday afternoon? As one of our Community Impact partners, we are proud to not only share a campus but also share key outreach events with them, too!
Bonus: If you want to read more about Bálsamo al Corazón, you can check out this blog post about this ministry on our Community Impact Blog.
ESL Teachers Wanted
Love and Faith in Action was started by Dr. George Gutierrez about five years ago. Love in Faith in Action conducts ESL classes, GED tutoring and biblical family discussions. While the main clientele are Hispanic, anyone is welcome to participate. Typically, they meet at the DeKalb Outreach Center once to twice per week.
For opportunities to serve with this key partnership, respond below.
Bonus: If you want to read more about Love and Faith in Action, you can check out this blog post about this ministry on our Community Impact Blog.