The Cedar Springs Refugee Ministry invites you to show Christ's love and compassion to the growing number of refugees in Knoxville. Click here for a list of ongoing ways individuals, families, and small groups can serve Christ by serving refugees.
In Matthew 28:19 our Lord Jesus commissions us to go and make disciples of all nations and in Matthew 25:35 to welcome the stranger.
He is bringing the nations to our doorstep, giving us opportunities to help fulfill the Great Commission from the comfort of our homes.
As members of the body of Christ 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. They find themselves here with nothing, trying to adapt to a new language, a new culture, and even a new climate.
The bright side of all this upheaval is that these people wouldn't have had the opportunity whatsoever to hear the gospel in their lifetimes 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).
If you have a desire to serve or simply have questions, please contact: Almaz Gemechu, Director of Refugee/International Ministries (firstname.lastname@example.org or 865.291.5282) or Karen Vogel, Mission Volunteer Coordinator (email@example.com or 865.291.5227)
Click here to see a list of organizations involved with ministry to refugees Cedar Springs supports.
Read Maria Green's touching account of her volunteer involvement with a Middle Eastern family. (click here)
Some moments from a Summer ESL Camp