Current Volunteer Needs


Thank you for your prayers and support for our newest families, as their resettlement journey is long and complicated due to language and cultural barriers. It is only the church of Jesus Christ that can make a real difference in their lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Thank you for being a part of what God is doing in their lives using His church, and please keep praying! (For more information on our families, please go to bottom of the page.)

(In order to be culturally sensitive, we ask men in the church to try to work with refugee men, and women in the church to work with refugee women.)

Transportation help is a huge need in the refugee community.

Many newer refugees cannot obtain a driver’s license because of their limited English skills, and do not have the resources to purchase a vehicle. If they are able to use the bus system, it could take up to three hours just to reach a destination, and that long or longer to get back home.

Mondays and Wednesdays: We have refugees who would appreciate transportation help to go to English classes.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Newer refugees are required to attend cultural sessions at Bridge; having transportation assistance would be invaluable.

In addition, there are other needs that could be met on those days by simply providing transportation help during regular business hours. Those needs would include grocery shopping, medical appointments, transportation to church, and the like.

The Refugee Ministry has training/coaching opportunities for anyone who is interested in ministering to refugees. Opportunities are also available for tutoring, mentoring, hospitality, and friendship.  

If you can help with any of these needs, please contact Almaz (291-5282 or as soon as possible for more details.

Sign up to help with the Refugee Summer ESL Camp, June 19-July 26


Almaz Gemechu, Director of Refugee/International Ministry

Join a Circle of Support for New Refugees

Joining a circle of support is a great way to welcome refugees in Jesus’ name and share responsibilities as we prayerfully journey with them towards successful integration. Volunteer training/coaching is available before the arrival of the rest of the families this summer. Our vision is to see refugees fully empowered, transformed by the love of Christ, and giving back to their community.

A Little More About Our Adopted Families:

The Cedar Springs Refugee Ministry assists Bridge Refugee Services each year by “adopting” five refugee families who are newly arrived in this country, walking alongside them as they adjust to a new home and a new life in the United States.

We are currently serving two families: a family of four, and two young single women siblings. They are all originally from the Congo, but lived in different refugee camps after they fled their home country due to war and violence.

The family of four (mother, father, 19-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter) lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for years and speak Swahili but very little English.  The sisters, who arrived in Knoxville two months apart, came out of a Ugandan refugee camp. They speak Kirundi and some Swahili and very little English.

They are all believers, and are being connected to a new Swahili church in Knoxville that Cedar Springs has helped plant. You will also see them when they visit Cedar Springs occasionally to connect with their sponsoring church and the larger Body of Christ.