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Current Volunteer Needs

Thank you for serving the least of these in Jesus name!

We'd encourage you to consider meeting refugees through these one-time opportunities and try to build relationships with them for ongoing ministry, as the Lord leads. If you can help with any of these needs, please contact Almaz (291-5282 or almaz@cspc.net) as soon as possible.

In order to be culturally sensitive, we're asking men in the church to try to work with refugee men, and women in the church to work with refugee women.

Friday, October 20
Pick-up: 8:00 a.m.
A man who lives on Magnolia Avenue has an 8:30 a.m. appointment with Knoxville Neurology Specialists in the Fort Sanders area. 

Monday, October 23
Pick-up: 7:30 a.m.
A single lady needs a ride to her 8:00 a.m. health screening appointment at Cherokee Health Systems. 

Pick-up: Monday Morning, ideally around 8:30 a.m.
A woman and her son who live on Magnolia Avenue need to be transported to the Social Security Office, 8530 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN 37919, and transported back home. This can be done at any time of the day, but early morning is best (8:45-9). If you arrive after 10 a.m., you may have to wait several hours.

Tuesday, October 24
Pick-up: 10 a.m.
A single woman needs a ride to Bridge Refugee Services, 3839 Buffat Mill Road, Knoxville TN 37914, for an appointment at 10:30 a.m. She will not need a ride back, only a drop off- so this will be a quick volunteer opportunity! 

SOME TIME IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS: 
Volunteers needed for bus orientation training.

We will be partnering with KAT to do a training for our volunteers who wish to teach refugees how to navigate the bus system. Learning to ride the bus is important for our refugees to become self-sufficient, so this could be a great opportunity to make a big and lasting difference!

Note: Bus orientation is a great way to potentially serve during the weekends/after business hours as the only requirements are a time that works for you and the refugee, and that the bus system is operating at that time. 

Saturday, October 28
Please note: The 'Fun Day' that was scheduled for today has been cancelled.

Saturday, November 11
Join us for a Thanksgiving Celebration from 1-4 p.m. right here at Cedar Springs in the Watershed. This year's summer ESL campers will be invited, along with their families, for a Thanksgiving feast which will include an appearance by the WordPlayers. Go here for more information and to sign up to bring a dish.

Thank you for being the hands and feet of Christ to the strangers in our midst!

Ongoing Needs:

The ESL Camp this summer has given us a great platform to meet and serve these children who are relatively new to our country. Our mission focus is now on building and deepening relationships with the children and their families and sharing Christ with them as the Lord leads. Here are some ongoing ministry opportunities:

  • Provide tutoring and/or mentoring help for the campers after school and/or on weekends for two hours. This could be done at their apartment, at school, a nearby library or at the church. We'd be glad to connect you and facilitate things for you.
  • Provide tutoring and/or mentoring help for the parent/s/ of the campers in the mornings or evenings at their apartment or at the church.
  • Participate in our refugee Thanksgiving Celebration on November 11 (more details to come).
  • Participate in our refugee Christmas celebration on December 16 (more details to come).
  • Build ongoing friendship with one of our refugee families through hospitality and life coaching.

THANKS FOR REACHING OUT TO THE STRANGERS IN OUR MIDST!!

Blessings,
Almaz Gemechu, Director of Refugee/International Ministry
865-291-5282 . almaz@cspc.net