Responding to the Refugee Crisis Summit

This Summit is the first of its kind for an Accord Network Forum. With a particular focus upon refugees in the Middle East and the United States, we will unpack the refugee crisis in these regions, wrestle with short and long term holistic challenges on the ground, grapple with the role of the church in the current crisis, and discuss how we can best respond. You will gain practical steps from organizations on the ground facing these issues as well as face pressing questions with your fellow participants.

Summit Moderator:

Gil Odendaal, Ph.D, D.Min, is Chair of the Accord Network and SVP of World Relief’s Integral Mission Division. Prior to joining World Relief, Gil Odendaal served as the Global Director for PEACE Implementation with Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California as well as Global Director for the HIV/AIDS Initiative under Kay Warren. Gil has 30 years of ministry experience as a missionary, pastor, educator, leader and public speaker, including serving as Regional Coordinator for Africa, Russia and Easter Europe with Medical Ambassadors International. Gil serves on the Lausanne Movement Integral Mission leadership team. Gil and his wife, Elmarie, were born and raised in South Africa. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.

Summit Speakers:

·       Jenny Yang is World Relief’s SVP of Advocacy & Policy. She has worked in the Refugee Resettlement section of World Relief as the Senior Case Manager and East Asia Program Officer, where she focused on advocacy for refugees in the East Asia region and managed the entire refugee caseload for World Relief. She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate, serves as Chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group, and was named one of the “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today.

·       Dr. Alia Abboud is Director of Development & Partner Relations at the Lebanese Society for Education & Social Development. Alia joined LSESD in April 2003 following years of service with World Vision Lebanon as Communications Officer, and then Operations Manager. Alia carries an MBA in NGO Leadership from Eastern University (PA), a Master's Degree in Sociology from the Lebanese University, and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.

·       Lucas Shindeldecker is the director of Middle East Revive and Thrive (MERATH) - the relief and development arm of the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD). MERATH partners with local churches in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable in their communities. Lucas was previously based in Washington, DC with Food for the Hungry working in food security and livelihoods.

·       Sheryl Haw is the International Director of Micah Global. Sheryl was born and grew up in Zimbabwe where her family all reside. She has spent the last 20 years working within the aid sector. This comprised of 13 years with Medair (a Christian Crisis Relief Organisation). Sheryl then established herself as a consultant and trainer serving many organisations globally. For 5 years she worked with HAP International (Humanitarian Accountability Partnership) as their Standards and Certification Develop Manager and accountability auditor. Prior to joining Micah Network Sheryl lectured at All Nations Christian College on Integral Mission and Development Practice.

·       Damon Schroeder is the Director for US Integral Mission at World Relief, whose mission is “to empower the church to serve the most vulnerable.” He grew up as a missionary kid in Cyprus and graduated Wheaton College with a degree in Christian Education and an Intercultural Studies concentration. He is based in Chicago and has worked for 17 years in refugee resettlement and immigration legal ministry. One of his passions is to provide tools and equipping for both immigrant and non-immigrant churches in the US to holistically welcome and build community with newly arriving refugees and immigrants.

Pricing (early bird ended on September 8, 2017):
Accord Member On Campus - $455
Accord Member Off Campus - $535
Nonmember On Campus - $555
Nonmember Off Campus - $555

To book a room, please call Ridgecrest Conference Center at 800.588.7222
Standard rooms are $106/night
Deluxe rooms are $136/night

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