CLARKSTON, Ga. (BP) – Students from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary are just one of the latest groups to learn about refugee ministry while visiting a small town known for its diverse population.
Clarkston, a small town on the eastern periphery of the Atlanta metro area, is known for its resettlement program for refugees and immigrants established in the 1990s. The town came to be known as “the most diverse square mile in America,” with more than 60 countries and 100 languages represented. Clarkston International Bible Church sees its unique community as a mission field.
Southern Baptists’ Send Relief partners with the church to teach visiting groups from a variety of churches, schools and seminaries about refugee ministry.
Greg Wilton, the Care for Refugees director for Send Relief, said that although the ministry was able to meet some needs and share the Gospel in the community in 2020, it is great to have visiting groups coming back for in-person activities.
“There are a variety of church groups that come to us that want to engage in international and refugee ministry, and that’s extremely easy to do here because that is Clarkston, we’re such a diverse community,” Wilton said. “Oftentimes ‘the nations’ are found in our own context. We in Clarkston want to be a part of the process of pushing people to the very ends of the earth.”
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Source: Baptist Press