Refugee & Immigrant Outreach
English & Citizenship Classes
Youth & Children’s Ministry
MEET THE TEAM
Rick and Kirsten have been involved in ministry with the Alliance for 31 years. Before joining the Envision Team, they served in youth ministry for 30 years in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Minnesota. Rick was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania just outside of Pittsburgh. Kirsten was born in New York City and grew up in Colorado and Wisconsin. They met at St. Paul Bible College (Crown College) and were married following their Junior year. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.
In 2011, Rick went on a sabbatical, asking the Lord to do something new in his life and ministry. Right after he came back, God began to answer his prayer by opening the door for them to work with refugees through a basketball outreach. Over the next several years, more doors were opened to work with refugee families in their area and alongside their church. Sensing that the Lord wants them to work with refugees and other immigrants full-time, Rick and Kirsten joined Envision in 2018 to help local churches meet the needs of refugees and other immigrants.
ABOUT THE SITE
The Twin Cities has become home to many displaced people groups. 1 out of 6 people in the Twin Cities are first or second-generation immigrants. In 2015 and 2016, refugees arrived in Minnesota from Somalia, Burma, Iraq, Ethiopia, Bhutan, Congo, Ukraine, Syria, Liberia, the former Soviet Union and more. There are an estimated 77,000 Somali People in the Twin Cities - more than anywhere else in the country. St. Paul has the largest Hmong Community in the United States. The Liberian Population in the Twin Cities is some of the largest in America. St. Paul has a growing population of Karen, a minority group from Burma, currently the largest in the USA.
The purpose of Envision Twin Cities is “To equip and to assist district churches in reaching out to the refugee and immigrant communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the goal of planting churches in the refugee and immigrant communities as people come to faith and are discipled.” We want to help the local church in building relationships with refugees and other immigrants through meeting their basic needs.
Trip Cost: $475/person for a 7-day trip
Intern Cost: $1050 per month
Read more in our site manual!