Bringing the hope of Jesus to asylum seekers and refugees in Sydney through emotional, practical and spiritual support.


International Teams Australia will close over the coming months, but it is important to note that the work of Sydney Refugee Team continues. Karl, Caroline and Linda all feel God’s passion to help those seeking asylum and refuge so are currently in discussion with another interdenominational Christian organisation regarding the possible transition of Sydney Refugee Team to them.

Until such time as Sydney Refugee Team’s transition has been confirmed and completed, International Teams Australia will maintain support of the team. This includes accepting donations.

Please pray for God to guide the team through all the logistics involved in working out the best new home for Sydney Refugee Team and the best ways to continue supporting those seeking asylum and refuge in Sydney. Please see below for more information about Sydney Refugee Team.

Sydney Refugee Team

For those seeking asylum and refuge, vast chasms often exist between the language, culture, traditions and landscapes of the life they once knew and the life they now try to adjust to. These differences make entering and engaging in a new city, employment and community extremely difficult. Men, women and children experience isolation, anxiety and depression as they struggle on the fringe of a city’s busy society, not knowing how to bridge the gap toward belonging. This is what makes the work of our Sydney Refugee Team so important.

Of the 70.8 million currently forcibly displaced from their homes by persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations, the individuals and families who arrive in Australia hope our country will be a place where they can feel welcome, secure and protected.

More than 20 years ago, people with a heart to help refugees in Sydney formed the Sydney Refugee Team. The Sydney Refugee Team connects with these marginalised people. We build relationships and help with a great variety of emotional, practical and spiritual needs.

Our ministry’s focus is to help those seeking asylum and refuge in Sydney thrive. We encourage development of new friendships, seek welcome and embrace by local and church communities, seek to foster growth as contributing members of the community and promote restoration and renewal through the peace and hope a relationship of faith in Jesus brings.

Sydney Refugee Team provides training for individuals and churches who seek to be part of this work and help us bridge the gap toward belonging. There are many opportunities for you to be involved. To find out more, fill in the form below. International Teams Australia field workers Karl and Caroline Hochstetter, and Linda Whitehouse coordinate this ministry.

If you would like to contribute financially to our work, all donations over $2 to Sydney Refugee Team are tax-deductible. If you have any other questions about this ministry, please submit your query via the Contact Page.


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