Get Involved with POBLO
POBLO’s mission extends beyond our walls and staff, and we are in the business of identifying and training partners to join our ministry. We believe that God has given each person unique gifts and talents that can be used to further His kingdom. If you are interested in partnering with POBLO, there are a number of ways to get involved in the work that we are doing.
The Bible is filled with verses encouraging believers to pray at all times and for all things (1 Chronicles 16:11, Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:17), and prayer is a significant aspect of our ministry. If you would like to support us through prayer, we would invite you to pray for the following:
- For open hearts to hear the Gospel message and receive Truth
- For additional missionary workers in Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO; Lincoln, NE; and Toledo, OH (we are in particular need of missionaries who speak Arabic)
- For safety and protection of our missionaries in the U.S., India, and Pakistan
- For the youth, especially young Christian women who are involved with Muslim men
- For more churches to partner with POBLO in our efforts to share the Gospel with Muslims and other unreached groups in the U.S.
- For more International Friendship Centers to be established
- For finances to start new POBLO locations and expand our ministry
- For more volunteers to reach out to their communities through IFC
If you would like to volunteer your time with POBLO, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved:
- Teach English classes- Churches wishing to start English classes need volunteer teachers and assistants to run the classes. Teachers can be from several churches, so even if your church does not currently offer its own English classes, POBLO can connect you to another church that does. English classes are a key way to engage the local community and begin to build friendships with immigrants and refugees in your area.
- Teach sewing classes- If you have sewing skills, would like the opportunity to connect with immigrant and refugee women in your community, you can help to lead a sewing class through your church or another local church. These classes provide a great opportunity for fellowship and new friendships.
- Food & clothing distribution- If you are interested in helping distribute food and clothing to immigrant and refugee families in need, we can connect you with a local church that has a distribution center. Volunteers can help by organizing food and clothing, preparing food boxes for families, and distribution.
- Newsletter- One afternoon a month, we prepare our newsletter in our Clinton Township, MI office. Volunteers help to insert envelopes into newsletters, seal them, and package them. If you are local and would like to help with these, we would love to have you! Lunch is provided for volunteers.
POBLO works with many individuals and families who have significant physical needs. We are always accepting the following donations:
- Food (non-perishable)
- Clothing and shoes that are in good condition (winter coats are especially needed)
- Furniture (couches, tables, chairs, bed frames, etc)
- Household items (kitchen supplies, towels, blankets, etc)
- Vehicles (to be used in picking up students at our IFCs)
- Sewing supplies (e.g. sewing machines, fabric, thread) for our IFCs
- Computers (for computer classes at our IFCs)
- Basic English books (for our ESL classes).
Local Missions Trips
POBLO offers one-day local missions trips for those interested in learning more about our work. You can spend time with a missionary and experience first-hand what it’s like to engage in cross-cultural missions in the U.S. You can “shadow” a missionary as he or she visits people, leads a Bible stud, or hands out food and clothing to those in need. This experience will help you to gain an understanding of how our missionaries develop relationships and share the love of Christ in practical ways. Missions trips can be scheduled in a state where POBLO has a ministry (Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, or Wisconsin). Contact us at [email protected] for more information.