Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The New York Times has named Clarkston, Georgia, “The most diverse square mile in America”.
Why? Every year thousands of refugees come to the United States seeking a better life. In the early 1990′s, the process of resettling refugees began in the community of Clarkston, a small town located within metro Atlanta. Since that time, approximately 60,000 refugees from over 150 different ethnic groups have been resettled in this area.
With so many refugees coming to Atlanta, Renee and I decided to go and see for ourselves. How? We took a team of 40 to work a summer camp with partner organizations Cross Pointe Church and Clarkston-based Friends of Refugees.
One hundred elementary and middle school refugee children, from countries like Burundi, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Iraq and Iran, gathered at the Clarkston Community Center for a week of fun and education.
Why did we participate?
Because these refugees are people who have been forced to leave their country in order to escape war or persecution. They need hope - and they need the gospel of Jesus Christ! These international people groups are coming, right to our backyard, like never before and howFar is committed to reaching them for Christ.
In June of 2013 we plan to return to Clarkston for two weeks. We’ll build relationships with the students at camp, do block parties in the apartment communities where they live, and share our stories with their families.