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Refugee Ministry

As we are confronted with the reality of the present refugee crisis, we should see it as an opportunity to minister to those who have been torn from the safety and security of their normal lives and dispersed to various countries around the world. We may not be able to do much, but we ought to do what we can to minister to these exiles, that they may find their true refuge and safety in the mercy of the living God.

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The CDM helps support OPC evangelist Christopher Cashen who was called by Redeemer OPC (Atlanta, GA) to carry out a ministry of mercy to refugees in Clarkston, GA.
 

Refugee Relief: Foreign Missions at Home
by Al Tricarico

In July 2016, David Nakhla and I attended the annual Refugee Roundtable sponsored by the Refugee Highway Partnership of North America. Representatives from more than fifty churches and Christian agencies gathered in Toronto to discuss ministry in the present migrant crisis.
 
We learned about the many ways in which people are reaching out to refugees whose population worldwide is large and rapidly growing. Currently there are 65 million, and the number is rising at a rate of over 30,000 souls per day.
 
About two-thirds of the 65 million are internally displaced. Some of the others have found their way to North America. One result of this is a growing intersection between home missions and foreign missions. The nations are coming to us. We should be ready to receive them, serve them, and bring the gospel to them.
 
A friend gave me this statement about personal witness: “It is ordinary people, doing ordinary things, with gospel intentionality.” That is a good statement that applies to all of our interactions. And it is an especially helpful statement to those who want to reach out to strangers.
 

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Finding Joy in Sacrificial Love

As we are now in the Christmas season, many are turning their thoughts to serving, giving and mercy. This, then, is a wonderful time to encourage Christians to get involved in refugee ministry – which is chock full of serving and giving. In fact, as some write about refugee ministry, they remind us that Jesus Himself was, in a sense, a refugee as He fled from Herod. Just prior to His flight, our Lord was ministered to by the magi – who give us a sense of the central object of our ministry to refugees.

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him’” (Matthew 2:1-2 ESV).


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Refugee Ministry Update: Summer Camp

August 2019

From the August 7, 2019, edition of Home Missions Today:

CLARKSTON, GEORGIA — Chris and Grace Ann Cashen

Evangelist Chris Cashen writes, “Certain experiences over the past months have helped us marvel at the earthly ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. One of these occurred at the end of July. We were given the opportunity to take many refugee children from Brentwood Apartments to a three day summer camp. These young ones from Syria, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and the Congo were exposed to the truth of the constant presence and saving grace of the God of Scripture. They rode horses, swam, fished, canoed, and even climbed a 45’ tall ‘rock’ wall and zip-lined back down to the ground. After one of the younger children made it to the top of the wall, looking down, she burst into tears. The fear of height was so significant, this little one was paralyzed. So, Grace Ann donned a helmet and safety harness and climbed her way to the top. Once on top, Grace Ann convinced our little friend that the rope could be depended upon to get her safely back to the ground. As the children were taught, it is quite amazing that the Lord Jesus has promised to be always present with each child of God. Especially when, like Peter, we take our eyes off of Jesus and become fearful of the winds and the waves of this world, Christ reaches down and pulls us up to safety in His powerful arms. Please pray that these children would clearly see the light of Christ within our hearts as we seek to minister to them in, sometimes, unexpected ways.”

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