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The Refuge Update

2020 Has Been a Great Year!

Just trying to keep it positive.

We sent this in a newsletter, but trying to point you to encouragement and news in our blog. Please keep in touch here. For a more personal update on our family, please get in touch with us directly.

Our 2020 has been like most people’s 2020. There have been many ups and down, many blessings and challenges. During 2020, refugee ministry has slowed down, but God makes up for it by providing other areas of ministry. We have had to pull back on some important ministries we do. But God continues to provide opportunities to make His name known. We have been active in making the most of opportunities to minister to refugees, families, neighbors, friends, couples, church members…

It seems a common verse we have used many times this year when counseling others is James 1:2-4: 2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

God has provided many opportunities for us to practice moving towards joy, particularly in trials, as we move by faith towards greater maturity in Christ. We have had many blah moments. But “we will not give up,” as we have told each other many times this year. Our blah moments keep us dependent on God and empathetic towards others.

Through the challenges, we are reminded that trusting God takes: Continual expressions of trust. “I trust you Father for…” And getting up and putting faith to action. “I will do what you have for me, Father. I trust you for the outcome.”

So, we press on in pursuing what it means to count it all joy...beginning with a spirit of gratefulness.

Thank you for continuing to be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit in loving, supporting, encouraging, and praying for us! Stay in touch – we love to love, support, encourage, and pray for you too!

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Grateful in 2020!

  • God's continued provision for The Refuge!

  • A young man from South Sudan, continues to work for The Refuge. He is gifted in evangelism and discipleship.

  • Social distancing retreats, house church, service projects, day retreats, opportunities to serve the church. We have been cautious in what we share because some think it is too much while others think it is not enough during these COVID days. We are trusting His leading and seeking to do what He has for us.

  • Continued provision to support the refugee orphanage in Uganda.

  • A new ministry van!

  • Efforts to engage with more refugee background pastors to help them get beyond these challenging days.

  • Partnership with a local retreat and conference center to hold safe events and retreats.

  • You! We are grateful for you!

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