We exist to show the love of Jesus to refugees by fostering meaningful relationships and providing resources and support through the local Church and trusted community partnerships.
Juniper Refuge is a para-church ministry that seeks to provide refugee-status residents and Christians the opportunities to make genuine connections with one another. We provide platforms through which Americans and refugees can engage with one another in mutual interests, grow in understanding of one another, and create lasting friendships. We strive to bring along more Americans to become bridges for vulnerable refugees that they might thrive in America, knowing that we grow and are changed by understanding our refugee neighbors more deeply.
Roughly 9% of Lincoln’s population was foreign born in 2017. Of that 9%, half are from Asia, with 25% from Latin America and 11% from Europe. Thousands of refugees have resettled in Lincoln to make a new home for themselves, and our unique city offers much to help those refugees thrive here. We are privileged to be just another small part of that communal effort.
We believe all of our Christian mandates are relational and work to shape us into people who live more rightly with one another and God.
The Example of Jesus as we interact with refugees in our city by living holy, humble, and honest lives individually and corporately.
The Local Church as a necessary and active agent of compassion and love in a broken world, living the integrated “word” and “deed” components of God’s mandate.
People whether staff, volunteers, donors or partners as important actors in bringing peace, love and justice. As we seek to better the world around us, we recognize that we, too, are changed, by those we serve.
Partnership by seeking and facilitating collaboration and coordination among the local Church, other non-profits, and the business community, recognizing connectivity as essential to accomplishing any great task.
Flexibility by providing a safe space to create, adjust and mold ourselves that we may serve needs that are as diverse as the population.
Prayer as the priority and foundation to accomplishing our mission.
- Juniper Table is an intimate gathering focused on learning more about one another with food and laughter. The meal is prepared by a refugee or family and hosted in a home.
- Juniper Groups are short-term small groups of American and refugee participants that meet weekly. Our Art Group is designed to reduce stress through creative flow and to allow a place for cross-cultural friendships to grow organically.
- Internships are a great way to give your time and talents toward serving our neighbors. We’re currently looking for a Groups Coordinator, Gatherings Coordinator, and a Tech/data Coordinator. Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about our internships.
Looking to volunteer, intern, or learn more about our ministry?
We would love to hear from you!