- June 23, 2010
- By Administrator
Shedding my shoes at the door I enter the small, simple room greeted by a wide, toothy grin. “Welcome,” says the elderly Iraqi man, proudly using one of about 10 English words now in his vocabulary.
As I am seated, I accept the boiling tea that burns my lips and fingers through the tiny glass cup. Although it is 104 degrees outside and I am already sweating, it would be unkind to refuse the gesture of friendship. After all, the reason I am here is to build relationships that will be bridges between this Muslim family and the gospel of Jesus that I am here to share.
Sharing hot tea, doma (rice-filled grape leaves), and giving English-as-a-Second-Language lessons all are part of bridging the gap. God’s gift of salvation is for all nations.
Working alongside the staff of the nonprofit refugee aid organization World Relief, I am ministering to physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of these friends who are scared, hurting and struggling to learn a new way of life far from what was once called home.
As a volunteer for World Relief, I have the most blessed job because I am free to spend time sitting with and befriending refugees when the overworked staff is busy with many difficult case loads and government-mandated tasks and services. Of course, the best part is working together as one body of Christ with a common goal that all nations would worship the one true God.
This is the everyday mission for all Christians, and I just thank God now for this unique experience to participate in a focused time of service through Go Now Missions.
Michelle Campbell, a student at West Texas A&M University, is serving World Relief in Fort Worth as an Impact missionary through Go Now Missions.