The following post is from CBF contributing writer Ryan Higgins.
“Welcoming the Stranger” was the theme for the CBF International Cluster Network workshop Friday afternoon at the General Assembly. The network brings together CBF field personnel, churches, ministry partners and individuals who collaborate to serve with and among the world’s most neglected people.
A panel of CBF field personnel and partners addressed the topics of documentation, vulnerability to trafficking, physical and spiritual needs and the value of networks. Panelists shared their personal experiences and were asked questions by facilitator, Nell Green.
Panelist Gina Godfrey is program director at World Relief, an organization that has a contract from the State Department to help refugees get started in the United States. She gave a personal story about going out of her way to drive a refugee woman to a Catholic Church so she could pray and practice her faith in her own tradition.
“She was very grateful,” said Godfrey. “We must minister to other denominations.”
Panelist Greg Smith, one of CBF’s field personnel in Fredericksburg, Va., talked about his experience ministering among Latinos and the challenges he has faced.
“To get Latinos to come to your ministry, they must trust you,” said Smith, the co-founder and administrative coordinator of LUCHA Ministries, Inc. “You can have the best bible study, worship service, or whatever else, but if they don’t trust you, they won’t come.”
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