We help refugees begin new lives in Boise. Most of the refugees that are currently part of the Vineyard community have come from Burma/Myanmar and arrive with varying skills and backgrounds.
We work with about 150 people from the Karen, Karenni, Chin and Kachin ethnic groups that come through refugee camps and programs in Thailand or Malaysia. Our goal is to help these refugees resettle here in Boise with dignity and a clear understanding of how to support their families and community. Our hope is for each person to truly feel welcome and accepted, and to come to know and experience the love of Christ in real ways.
Most of the refugee families we serve have faced and survived intense persecution and trauma before finding themselves in an unfamiliar and often unwelcoming new country.
We want to make the Invisible God Visible by providing a safe and welcoming place to worship and learn about God (in English, Karen and Burmese), connecting families with volunteers to help them learn how to navigate this strange American culture, and being the hands and feet of Christ to help meet both physical and spiritual needs of some precious people who haven’t been welcome or wanted in their country of origin for many years.