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Convention 2019 Speaker Fosters Refuge and Redemption in France

Samir Salibi with wife Joanna, sons Maxim and Liam.

By Carl Stagner

The Church of God in Paris, France, is relatively new. It wasn’t until 1989 that the Church of God came to Paris, and not by way of the Church of God in the United States and Canada. The Church of God in Lebanon planted the Church of God in Paris. So when the refugee crisis of 2015 resulted in more than a million Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Europe, the Church of God in Paris was uniquely qualified to respond. Samir Salibi, leader of the Church of God ministry in Paris known as @home, was once an immigrant, himself, also from Lebanon. As you might imagine, the Church of God is especially looking forward to what God has placed on his heart for Convention 2019 & General Assembly. Continue reading

Refugees Find Community through the Church of God in Germany

Ken & Keli with extended family of John & Rhonda in their home.

Over the last couple years, the Church of God Disaster Relief fund has provided matching funds to the German national church to support strategic refugee initiatives launched by local German congregations in response to the refugee crisis there. At the invitation and hospitality of the German Church of God, Ken and Keli Oldham (Global Strategy) were able to follow up with a few of these ministries this summer. They witnessed the German church developing significant relationships with refugees as they have sought not just to serve their needs, but to include them into their fellowships. Continue reading

New Ministry Reaches Refugees in Paris

By Patrick Nachtigall

This February we visited Paris to see the new work that has been established. Our Three World Leadership Network (3WLN) leader, Samir Salibi (Paris Church of God), has launched a new ministry and church called @home. This amazing new ministry is both a community of faith and a network of Christian refugee assistance. The faith community is in the process of becoming an officially recognized church and comprises people deeply committed to doing ministry to the refugees populating Paris, other parts of France, Greece, and elsewhere in Europe. Already they have been actively involved in Greece, which is a significant refugee entry point for Europe. Energetic young people and new converts enjoy being involved in a church that has such an active, missional DNA. Continue reading

International Outreach to Refugees Growing Fast

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Photo: Cultural differences fade when Christ is in view.

By Patrick Nachtigall

The global refugee crisis continues to affect Europe greatly. North Africans are continuing to make the dangerous journey toward Italy. Refugees are entering into Europe by way of Russia, and nearly one million continue to live in temporary housing in Germany. Many governments are reacting with anti-immigrant hostility, and racist and nationalist parties are gaining ground across the continent. Fortunately, the church is different than the world. Continue reading

Church of God in Canada, Germany Partner to Help Refugees

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Photo: Cultural differences fade when Christ is in view.

By Audrey Weiger

“You fear that which you do not know.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

The Three Worlds team in Europe and the Middle East entered into a partnership to help German Church of God congregations ministering to refugees. They brainstormed ways to make this partnership happen and decided to connect Glamorgan Church of God in Calgary, Canada, to the Bad Segeberg Church of God in Bad Segeberg, Germany.

Standing there nervously at the airport, not sure what to expect, I waited. Texts were flying back and forth—it felt a bit like I was meeting a blind date. But really I was waiting on the ministry group to arrive from Calgary, Canada. Continue reading

Fairfax Church Adopts Syrian Refugee Family

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Photo: The airport welcoming team with the refugee family.

By Carl Stagner

Earlier this year, a report was released indicating that the total number of displaced persons in the world is higher than it’s ever been. At the end of last year, the refugee agency for the United Nations estimated the figure at more than 65 million people.* Staggering statistics like these suggest to some that finding solutions is a lost cause. But Fairfax Community Church, our Church of God congregation with campuses in Fairfax, Virginia, and Clarksburg, Maryland, determined that something had to be done. Boldly stepping into unknown territory, their missions staff cut through red tape and navigated a myriad of challenges until they got the answers they were looking for. Because of their efforts, Fairfax Community Church now celebrates the “adoption” of a Syrian refugee family. Continue reading

She Longs to be a Refugee

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By Heather Webb

I met a woman while we were in Asia, and her face haunts me. Her mocha skin is scarred with pockmarks, presumably from adolescent acne. Her hair is dark with glints of a few silver strands. She’s earned each one with the heartache and stress her family has endured. Her smile is warm and easy. But her eyes. Her eyes are what I remember most of all. Continue reading

Disaster Relief: Europe’s Refugee Crisis

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By Stephen Lewis

Around our world today, 1 in every 122 humans is either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. It may well be the greatest humanitarian crisis that the world has seen. The conflict in Syria alone has displaced 12,000,000 people, half of whom are children. Of these, 7,600,000 are displaced within Syria; more than 1,000,000 are in camps in Turkey; another 1,000,000 are in camps in Lebanon; and nearly 1,000,000 have made their way to Europe. Continue reading

Dentist Delivers Hope, Healing to ISIS-Ravaged Iraq

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Photo: David Sperow offers dental services in Iraq.

By Carl Stagner

Some would say only a fool runs into a burning building. But any good parent would brave the blaze to save a son or daughter in danger. In many Middle Eastern countries today, children of the heavenly Father are facing raging infernos on a daily basis. David Sperow, a dentist from Eastland Church of God in Lexington, Kentucky, has discovered that when God’s concerns become our concerns, we look at every soul as worth saving—regardless of the flames that may flare up on all sides. David recently delivered relief supplies to refugees in Iraq who have been displaced by ISIS. Considering what’s at stake, it’s nothing for David Sperow to storm the gates of hell and reclaim what has been stolen. Continue reading

ISIS Crisis: Church of God Sends Disaster Relief to Refugees

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Photo: Refugees flee ISIS.

An interview with Ruth Lyons

In September, Church of God Ministries Disaster Relief Committee sent $10,000 in emergency aid to support relief efforts in Turkey for refugees affected by ISIS. An interview with a Church of God contact on the ground offers a glimpse into the kind of vital ministry that is made possible by your support.

Reports indicate you are working with those who have never heard the gospel. Are you saying there are still unreached peoples groups in our world today?
The Bible tells us that there will be people of every tribe, every tongue, and every nation worshiping at the throne in heaven, but the job of telling everyone is not yet done. In 2014, there are still many people in the Middle East where we don’t know of a single Christian among them. Continue reading