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Refugee Ministry: Open Doors for Mercy and Gospel Ministry

by Rev. Christopher Cashen, OPC Evangelist to refugees in Clarkston, Georgia (March 2019)

Following is an excerpt from an update Rev. Cashen prepared for the Committee on Diaconal Ministries and OPC Disaster Response in March 2019.

The ministry to sojourners, or those seeking refuge, continues here in Clarkston, Georgia. We praise God for the opportunities He has provided thus far.

  • We have rented an apartment in one of the many apartment complexes in Clarkston that provides a central and consistent location for ministry, and we are just beginning to appreciate its potential.
  • We have seen a noticeable increase in attendance at our elementary after-school program. Helping with homework appears to be a key to drawing children. It also allows us time to share a bible passage. Students from Syria, Afghanistan, Congo, Mexico, and Tanzania attend the program.
  • The need for those from all nations to acquire English in order to function and survive opens doors for mercy, as well as gospel, ministry. Funds have been used to reimburse travel costs, as well as purchase books, notebooks, and other supplies.