The Sydney Refugee Team exists to see the lives of refugees and asylum seekers transformed by the power of God through the building of genuine relationships and through equipping and empowering them to live in a new culture; and to actively engage and equip the local church to reach out to refugees and asylum seekers in their community.
Currently, the team consists of three full-time workers and a wonderful team of volunteers. With the expanding opportunities and responsibilities of our team, we are looking for additional people to join us as full-time workers.
The heart of Sydney Refugee Team's interaction with refugees and asylum seekers is the Refugee Companion program. We believe that God brings transformation to people in the context of sharing relationships. Our desire is to see each refugee and asylum seeker family in our care linked with at least one Refugee Companion. It is our hope that the majority of members of the Sydney Refugee Team (both workers and volunteers) will be a Refugee Companion to at least one refugee or asylum seeker family.
To bring the hope of Jesus to people seeking asylum and refuge in Sydney by building relationships with several refugee families, and to help facilitate and support connections between volunteer Refugee Companions and refugees.
Sydney Refugee Team Companion Training
As a Refugee Worker, you will serve with us to bring the hope of Jesus to asylum seekers and refugee families living in Sydney through practical, emotional and spiritual support. Through meeting, building relationships with, and discipling one or more refugee families or individuals yourself as a Refugee Companion, you will help minimise feelings of isolation and marginalisation for many who struggle to settle into new communities in a different culture and country.
The experience you gain will enable and equip you further in your capacity as a Refugee Worker to help facilitate the Refugee Companion ministry between other refugee families and volunteers. For both refugee families and volunteers, you will:
Depending on your skills, interests and abilities, you may also participate in running our volunteer training programs, as well as other Sydney Refugee Team activities including:
This role requires that you raise personal financial support (if needed) and training and support are provided to help you do this.
Your first step is to have a chat with us. Wayne Coady, our Personnel Director, would love to do that, to hear your heart and to help you discern God's leading in this.
*Australian citizens and/or residents only