"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20


At Waypoint, we desire to live in intentionally diverse community, encouraging one another towards the purpose God has for us. 


We believe we are all sojourners and aliens in this world, but the gospel brings forth true belonging in a land that is not our own. Our union in Christ Jesus is greater than any other bond that might unite us or any other barrier that might divide us. 


We believe this kind of community powerfully displays the unifying work of the gospel.







What: Online citizenship classes to equip refugees and immigrants residing here in the States to become effective and interdependent citizens, pass the citizenship test, and hear the Gospel message.
Why: All immigrants and refugees who come to the States are required to go through a neutralization process to become USA citizens which include a citizenship test. Over the course of the years, we have developed a great curriculum to help our students learn and be able to pass the citizenship test, learn how to become effective interdependent citizens, and learn about God's salvation plan through our Lord Jesus Christ. Citizenship ministry is one of the ministries we have been called to to fulfill our mission to reach the triangle, reach the nations.
When: Via zoom;  Every Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm
  1. To be a conversational partner during the class.
  2. To eventually become a teacher.
Contact: Joy Mikhail for more information


What: To Teach English as a second language (Using Jesus’s parables)  to refugee and immigrant people groups and to build relationships that would naturally lead to sharing the Gospel. 
Why: Teaching English online has allowed us to reach out to students who live in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the USA. Some of these countries where many of our students live don't allow any missionary presence and therefore are populated with unreached people groups. Through the internet and the tool of teaching English, we have been able to share the Gospel with many students who live in places that are impossible to even enter. At Waypoint church we believe that we are called to make disciples here in the triangle and around the world, The ECE Language Program is one of the ministries we have been called to to fulfill our mission to reach the triangle, reach the nations.
When: Via Zoom ; Every Monday and Friday 12pm-1:30pm.
  1. To teach.
  2. To be a conversational partner during the class.
Email Joy@WaypointRDU.com if you are interested or have more questions.


What: One great way to get to know immigrants and refugees is to offer to help them with their English. As a conversation partner, you can not only get to know immigrant and refugees while helping them practically, but you can also hopefully have an open opportunity to share the gospel as your friendship progresses.
When: You can meet with your conversation partner anytime depending on your schedules, we recommend you to meet once a week for at least one and a half hours. 
Where: the meetings will take place at their apartments.
  • Find out what specific things they want to work on during your conversation time.
  • Make sure they’re talking! The goal is for them to learn English, not for you to spend all the meetings talking at them. These are conversations, not speeches. Listen and ask good questions.
  • It’s okay to take things slowly – don’t expect them to fix everything all at once.
  • Don’t be afraid to repeat things often, and have realistic expectations for how much they can get from each session.
  • Give genuine and frequent encouragement, but don’t tell them they’re doing great if they aren’t. Be constructive and smart in your praise.
  • Try to come up with ways of making tasks into games, or finding humor or imagination as a new way to look at something as dry as grammar.
  • Use resources that will be helpful for them. Some cultures may be hesitant to ask you questions.
  • Be willing to set aside how you think things should be and instead work with your partner to meet their week-to-week needs.
DRESS CODE:  In respect to the cultures and beliefs represented in Duke Manor, No tank tops. No shorts.


What: The purpose of CCIL is to expand God’s kingdom in multi-cultural neighborhoods, by living out the gospel in word and deed through building intentional gospel communities in those neighborhoods, for the sake of God’s glory. 
How: The following commitments are expected of anyone getting involved in this ministry...
  • Living intentionally in a designated community for two years, with an evaluation to revisit this commitment after the first year;
  • Praying with your team once a week, with an additional prayer walk once a month;
  • Praying with your CCIL roommate or partner two times a week;
  • Leading/attending a team Bible study once a week with an outreach-focus of inviting neighbors;
  • Building gospel-centered relationships with neighbors and connecting with ministries in the community;
  • Caring for your neighbors and community in wholistic ministry (physically, emotionally, and spiritually), alongside your team;
  • Sending a monthly update to your team leader and following up with him/her. The team leader will forward it to Joy Mikhail;
  • Attending specific CCIL equipping trainings and participating in all CCIL outreach events held in your community;
  • Attending and serving at your own church each weekend.
If you would like to join CCIL ministry, please:
  1. Schedule a meeting with Joy Mikhail.
  2. Fill out the CCIL application and send it to Joy Mikhail. 
  3. If approved, then go through the Cross-Cultural Intentional Living training.


What: Since Waypoint church's beginning, we've had the privilege of partnering with World Relief Durham   to welcome new refugee families as they resettle in the USA. The main way we partner with World Relief is through good neighbor teams.

A good neighbor team is made up of about 8-12 people, and the team's primary job is to to befriend a newly arriving refugee family for six to 12 months. Ways of providing tangible care include an airport welcome, apartment set-up, provision of initial food and clothing, transportation to appointments, school registration, community orientation, English tutoring and job preparation.

Why: Refugees are survivors, leaders, teachers, artists, dreamers, and laborers. They are children, forgotten, persecuted, made in God’s image, our new neighbors, and our future friends. At Waypoint church, we are keen on mobilizing members to befriend refugee families. 

When: The various responsibilities of a good neighbor team could take place anytime throughout the week. 

How: How can those of us receiving these families into our community best respond? Material needs and tangible service is helpful but the greatest gift we can give is friendship, community, belonging, and acceptance as we value their stories, dreams, and contributions.

Ways of providing tangible care include an airport welcome, apartment set-up, provision of initial food and clothing, transportation to appointments, school registration, community orientation, English tutoring, and job preparation.There are a variety of roles that are needed to form a good neighbor team. 

Email Joy@WaypointRDU.com if you are interested or have more questions.

GOLEAD MINISTRY - Lead, Educate, Advance, Disciple

What: Helping refugee and immigrant kids with their homework and any other subjects they may need some extra help in, along with building relationships and sharing the gospel with them.  
Why: Many immigrants and refugees have moved here from different countries that don’t speak English. This is a big challenge for their kids, who are sent to school and are expected to perform at the same level as other English speaking kids. Immigrant and refugee parents are unable to help their kids, as they also don’t speak English. Tutoring would also be very expensive for these families. So as a Church that is called to carry God’s mission here in the Triangle, we found it fitting to help these kids and provide free tutoring as a means of blessing the community with the resources that we have been blessed with. Engaging in Waypoint’s cross-cultural ministry through helping children with their homework is a crucial link to the gospel for that child and their family.  Meeting their human needs is a natural bridge to relationship for gospel engagement. 
How: The goal is to have Church volunteers help these kids with their school work once a week. Resources will be provided, and it would be helpful if you had resources you’d like to share as well. We would love for you, as the church, to be part of showing the love of Christ by walking alongside these immigrant and refugee families.

 Email Joy@WaypointRDU.com if you are interested or have more questions.


What: The Village Durham's mission is to support family preservation by connecting parents in crisis to relationships and organizations in our community that can help. Ultimately, we believe in being the village necessary to sustain healthy futures for families in Durham. You can read more about the organization here: Thevillagedurham.org 

Why: We are called to serve those in need. This is an opportunity to bring change to Durham and really live out our faith by walking alongside families in our community.Without the proper support, many children are removed and placed into foster homes. 

How: Become a Family Advocate and start building a relationship with a family. Volunteer to transport families to different appointments and organizations. Volunteer with our fundraising and admin roles.

When: Our first training to become a Family Advocate is September 10 and then you will be paired with one family. 
Email Connect@thevillagedurham.org if you are interested or have more questions.

If you have any questions about any of these ministries,
please  contact 
Joy Mikhail, our Director of Local Missions.

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