The local world of Boise is now made up of a global community of more than 15,000 people who have come as refugees within the last two decades. Our New American neighbors have come from all over the world and bring with them a tremendous diversity of cultures, language and religions, but who share the common journey of persecution, escape and survival. They are people who cannot go home or are afraid to go home because of persecution on account of their race, religion, nationality or particular social group.
Some of the greatest battles faced by these survivors are fear, loneliness, trauma, and the loss of family and community. So it is not surprising that experiencing friendship and a sense of belonging plays such a vital role in the process of adjustment and healing.Isn’t this a great opportunity for the church to reach out to the world at our doorsteps building friendships based on mutual care, trust and hospitality?Glocal Community Partners is a non-profit ministry of Cole Community Church whose mission is to mobilize, train and connect volunteers with our New American neighbors in friendship. We have found that these friendships are not only an important to the process of the healing and the integration, but the are they enrich the lives of those who have the privilege of getting involved.