The Cedar Springs Refugee Ministry invites you to show Christ's love and compassion to the growing number of refugees in Knoxville.
In Matthew 28:19 our Lord Jesus commissions us to go and make disciples of all nations.
He also brings the nations to our doorstep giving us opportunities to help fulfill the Great Commission from the comfort of our homes.
He is also teaching us from His word in Matthew 25:35 to welcome the stranger.
As members of the Body of Christ here in Knoxville we feel called to reach out to the many unreached people who, as victims of violence and religious and political persecution, were forced to flee their homelands and become refugees. The find themselves here with nothing, trying to adapt to a new language, a new culture, and even a new climate. (Refugee Ministry FAQs)
The bright side of all this upheaval is that these people wouldn't have had the opportunity whatsoever to hear the Gospel in their life times had God not moved them out of their comfort zones and brought them to us.
We are praying for one-on-one connections between our church family and the refugee families that the Lord is bringing to our doorstep. This can be accomplished through a ministry of presence and simple acts of kindness and friendship. It's all about loving our neighbors as ourselves in obedience to Christ (Mark 12:31).
Volunteer needs are ongoing. Click here for a list of ways individuals, families, and small groups can serve Christ by serving refugees. Volunteers will especially be needed for the 2017 Summer ESL Camp, June 20-July 27. Click here for more information.
Some moments from the 2016 Summer ESL Camp
If you have a desire to serve in any capacity or have questions, please contact:
Almaz Gemechu, Director of Refugee/International Ministries (firstname.lastname@example.org or 865.291.5282) or Alison Fleetwood, Home Missions Administrator (email@example.com or 865.291.5261)
Click here to see a list of organizations involved with ministry to refugees Cedar Springs supports.