Removing language barriers,
building leaders, and
RLP exists so that…
Individuals from refugee communities in the Amarillo area
are increasingly flourishing as they confidently interact with the world around them,
enabling them to honor God with their lives.
We accomplish this vision by…
removing the language barriers refugees face,
honoring their cultures so they can integrate without sacrificing their heritages,
overcoming relational and emotional hurdles to build leaders within their communities,
facilitating systemic solutions for long-term issues,
and engaging with local churches.
The Full Picture
Our mission—what we actually do—is steered by the world we want to live in. The Vision statement describes that world we hope to see—an Amarillo where refugee communities are thriving. In order to reach that vision, we have identified 5 strategic mission objectives, which you can see displayed in purple in the chart below. You will also see the specific projects and short-term goals on the righthand side that feed into each mission objective.
We believe that as we are increasingly successful with our short-term goals, we will be increasingly likely to meet our mission objectives. If all 5 mission objectives are met, then we are likely to see our long-term vision come to fruition. Pray with us that God will equip us to see this vision become a reality!
The Refugee Language Project is focused on using the study of language and culture as a tool to open doors into the refugee community, as well as to open our own doors to them. By studying their languages, and by teaching them our own, we accomplish our long-term vision of cultivating community. We do this because God urges us repeatedly in Scripture to love the foreigners among us and show compassion to them.
He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.
When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.
We do this because, as Christians, we are to consider ourselves foreigners as well—for our home is in Heaven.
Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
–1 Peter 1:17–19