Ministering to Refugees

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    A good friend I met at the seminary in Prague posted the following. There are lessons to be learned from his post.

     
  2. Salty

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    Not being able to wear a Christian T-shirt to public school is NOT a tribulation - In America, we do not know what real Persecutionis.
     
  3. Crabtownboy

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    I could not agree with you more. We Christians in America really have no idea what persecution is and we whine so much when we are not catered to.
     
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    With regard to ministering to refugees from other countries, God has seen fit to send many refugees to the "Greater Metropolitan Area" of Nashville, TN.

    My church ( www.lighthouseministries.org ), has been especially blessed by God to have been closely associated with ministries that seek to serve many of these refugees from all over the world since at least as far back in time as the 1970's.

    Our initial dealings with refugees were focused on ministering to several different Laotian people groups that had fled the turmoil that plagued that part of South East Asia as a result of the many localized conflicts that arose as a result of the closing days of the Vietnam War.

    Many of you may recall the scenes of these "Boat People" fleeing from Laos. As they sought freedom and safety from the chaos in their homeland, quite a few of these people wound up living in the area of southeastern Davidson County, Tennessee.

    This is right where my church (Lighthouse Christian Fellowship) is located. Our church's leadership felt the burden to minister to the needs of these hurting people.

    As a result of this burden, LCF started a missions outreach to them. Now, some 40 or so years later, there is a completely indigenous local Baptist church just down the road from LCF's campus. This Laotian assembly is pastored by and populated by native Laotians.

    Moreover, by sending trained native Laotians back to their native lands, this body was instrumental in the founding of one of the principal Bible-centered works in Laos called the Mekong Evangelical Mission.

    The MEN operates a multi-campus system of Christian elementary and high school boarding schools as well as a Bible college and seminary that serves to train God-called men from Laos (and other parts of SEA).

    Some other blessings that have derived from MEN have been: [1] the sending of trained Laotian men (and their families) to various parts of North American to help edify native Laotians who choose to remain in either the US or Canada; and [2] coordinating in sponsoring select high-school aged students to attend LCF's own Christian school called Lighthouse Christian School.

    LCF also lends its physical facilities for use of two other independent refugee church groups from Ethiopia and from Korea. In turn, these churches seek to minister to refugees from their own countries who have also settled in this part of Middle Tennessee.

    A few years back, we also helped to "mother" another refugee outreach called the "City Church of Woodbine." Woodbine is an area of southern Nashville that has opened its doors to a multitude of refugees from all over the globe such as Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Burma.

    You may recall seeing pictures of Iraqi refugees holding up their purple ink-stained fingers showing that they had participated in the series of world-wide elections for a new Iraqi government.

    There were so many of these refugees who lived in the Nashville area who registered to participate in these elections that the "City Church" dedicated several of its satellite campus throughout "Music City USA" to help facilitate these important proceedings.

    LCF is a church that has always been mission-minded. Throughout the years of our existence, we've always encouraged our young folks (and many "not-so-young" folks as well!) to consider spending at least a portion (if not their entire) lives on the mission field(s).

    Not only do we sponsor some 30-40 missionaries (or "missionary-sending" organizations), but also from our own relatively small congregation we've sent out missionaries to every populated continent on earth!

    I could go on and on describing the blessings that LCF has received down through the years because of our "heart" for missions.

    Suffice it to say that we count it as a humble honor from God that He has seen fit to use us to carry His Word and His "Program" to, as Jesus Christ Himself put it: "....the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
     
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    Where's that "like" button??? :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
     
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    Most Certainly!!
     

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