July 10, 2013

Reaching Out to the Refugees of Boise

Pastor John keeps reminding us of the importance of community, of having fellowship with one another, of weaving our lives with others. He’s mentioned how this delights God. I do believe that we please Him when we put ourselves aside and decide instead to serve another human being. When this happens beautiful things can be seen: God’s love and mercy, and all those wonderful ‘fruits of the spirit’ come out from it. And I need to remind myself that Jesus gave us a commission to go into the world and preach the gospel. But a year ago I found out that you don’t need a passport or an expensive plane ticket to do this. Amazingly in Boise, some of the world has come to us.

The Congo, Eritrea, Somalia, Nepal, Mongolia, Bhutan, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Kashmir, Burma, Sudan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Liberia are examples of countries where the refugees of Boise have come from.

World Relief is just one organization in the Treasure Valley area that serves refugees for resettlement. Their mission statement is ‘empowering the local church to serve the most vulnerable’. We, as God’s children, are geared to serve and love on the most vulnerable. We were vulnerable when He saved us from our sins so we know the lingo: weak, persecution, saved, new life, new hope. If there is any one group of people who we can serve because of commonality, it is the refugees of Boise.

[churchpack_superquote]“The Church must be the face and hands of Jesus to refugees. The local church, with its emphasis on restored relationships, can meet spiritual, social and physical needs of refugees who are escaping from persecution, war and terror.” – (World Relief)[/churchpack_superquote]

Over the past year we’ve loved on them through a variety of events: barbecues, clothes giveaways, care packages.  As a result, many of the refugees know us and look forward to seeing us again. They long for friendships.  We’ve lost count on the number of invitations to come over to their house for a chat. And it’s been great to see City Church supporting this amazing community of people. My family has adopted a family that recently moved from Eritrea as a consequence of this great outreach.

So I challenge you to try out the words of Jeremy Camp: ‘take just a little time and show you care’. I think you’ll discover like me, that it’ll be the best several hours you’ve had in a while!

Keep up to date on future events by joining the Refugees of Boise group on Facebook, or following the calendar on this site!



7 Comments on “Reaching Out to the Refugees of Boise

July 10, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Awesome Mia! Being the hands and feet of Christ for many. Susan, and I have not yet met you, but look forward to doing so. We would be blessed to serve with you and others from the body loving and meeting the needs of many. Your obedience to the Word and willingness to take action with what God has laid upon your heart is a great example for all believers. This ministry brings to mind a great book I read titled “A Hole In Our Gospel” by Richard Stearns, President and CEO of World Vision. Isn’t it amazing how we grow in our own faith journey when we are serving and blessing others. Continue to be blessed!

Mia Hildebrand
July 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

Thanks Coal for your great encouragement! Look forward to seeing you too.

July 11, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Thank you, Mia! It is amazing how God is stirring up the hearts of locals here in Boise to serve the most vulnerable. And in the process we are learning, that they bless and bring joy to our lives more than we could ever imagine.

John Mitchell
July 11, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I love this, Mia. The Gospel proclaimed in words and deeds together. Thank you for your leadership in helping us love these beautiful people and point them to Jesus.

Dave Medders
July 12, 2013 at 7:44 am

I agree Mia. I met 3 brothers from Bhutan and had a good conversation with one of them. Frannie and I plan to just show up in their apartment complex at different times just to see how we might be able to help them.

Mia Hildebrand
July 12, 2013 at 10:47 am

That’s so awesome, Dave! To me it is such a humbling experience to be amongst these refugees. I have learned more about what God wants me to be by just connecting with these amazing people. God is definitely breaking down walls that I didn’t realize I had built around me.

July 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Great post, keep up with the hard work, you

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