Refugee Ministry | University Baptist Church
Deuteronomy 10:18-19 – “For the Lord your God...loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing. You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
The refugee ministry of the University Baptist Church provides transportation to refugees with specific needs, school supplies and uniforms, clothing and household supplies and many other forms of assistance to those who have come to the United States to escape persecution, hardship and danger in other lands. The church maintains a "Restore Room" that houses a variety of supplies that help refugees get settled in a new land. In addition the church provides, prayer and spiritual support to refugees who seek such help. If you would like to join the refugee ministry, contact Craig or Marcia Warner. Read on to get more information about the current status of the Refugee Ministry.
I wanted to fill you in on some of the things that have been accomplished in 2016 and let you know some of the exciting opportunities for our ministry to refugees in this new year. More on that in the coming weeks!!
In the RESTORE ROOM we helped 21 families numbering 64 adults & children over the last two months. We have received a great deal of donated items for the store including baby items like car seats,strollers, and clothing. There have been donations of winter items such as coats, gloves and scarfs, kitchen items like plates and silverware, books etc. One of the worries when this was started was being able to keep a decent supply of needed items for the refugees available. That has not been a problem thanks to the generosity of so many.
Starting last summer we began driving families that had school age children to get registered for school and to get their shots at the clinic. We transported over 60 people many of them in the new church van.
We collected and assembled 28 backpacks complete with supplies and gave enough money to purchase about the same number of school uniforms.
We housed a young refugee for about 2 1/2 months until his cousin & friend came to the states and now they have their own apartment and hopefully, a strong start to their new life.