Refugee Awareness Sabbath (June 15, 2013)

“North American Division Adventist Refugee and Immigrant Ministries invites churches across North America to promote Refugee Awareness in connection with the annual June 20 World Refugee Day established by the United Nations, and to give generously to special NAD offerings for Multi-lingual Ministries June 8, 2013 and NAD Evangelism June 29, 2013. For more information, resources, and ideas see www.RefugeeMinistries.org or contact Terri Saelee at (608) 443-6575 or Terri.Saelee@nad.adventist.org.”

The above quote is from an announcement on the back cover of the June 2013 edition (PDF) of the Lake Union Herald. Relevant articles include:

  • A Divine Strategy: Reading People Beyond Our Reach (Terri Saelee, 12-14)
  • God Loves Refugees (Terri Saelee, 15-17)
  • Reach the World from Here (Aye Aye, 18)
  • Expanding the Kingdom: Planting New Churches from around the World (Terri Saelee, 19-20)

Last year for Refugee Awareness Sabbath, my wife and I were invited to speak for Saturday evening vespers at her parent’s congregation, sharing our experiences with refugees and other recent immigrants. After sunset we watched the film God Grew Tired of Us in one of the Sabbath School classrooms. Leading up to that Sabbath, the congregation had been collecting a number of items to support refugee youth.

How will you congregation observe Refugee Awareness Sabbath? Tell us your story.

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