Each week we are asking our congregation to be in prayer for one of our supported missionaries or local mission agency. This week we ask that we each bring our ministry to refugees to God in prayer.
Last year Batavia Covenant Church had several partnering arrangements with World Relief DuPage/Aurora that included extending friendship to two Burmese families – the collection of household goods to get them launched and then over six months of visitation and friendship assistance. We also, for the second year, provided daytime summer recreation for refugee children on selected days. We have a sense that God is asking us to renew and expand our involvement with World Relief in these days as well.
For the next two Sundays, we will be focusing on our partnership with World Relief – hearing stories from our people, from World Relief, and from people who have been refugees. This Sunday, Rev. Keith Draper will be with us to give us an update about World Relief.
Therefore, we ask that you pray for wisdom for our leaders and the team from our church that is exploring these opportunities with the local World Relief agency. Pray, too, that a core group of members and friends of Batavia Covenant would hear God’s call to be a part of this ministry going forward and self-identify to our Pastor or to Nick Chin, our point person for our efforts to “welcome the stranger.” If you would like more information about such opportunities, please seek out Nick this week, share your questions, and let him know of your interest. And watch for more information in the weeks ahead as we renew our partnership with World Relief.
In the meantime, also ask God to continue to encourage the two refugee families that have been the focus of our love and care this past year. Both have adequate income to support their needs, both have vehicles to enable them to get to work, and both have participated in the life of Burmese speaking churches. We thank God for how these new friends have impacted our own lives by showing us how He provides for the most vulnerable.