The Hope Center becomes ‘the land of opportunity’
What do you do when you’re a new Christian in a new country where no one speaks your language, but you want to grow in your walk with God? Thankfully for Mohammed, God intervened and brought exactly the right person into his life.
For the last six months, Mohammed, an Afghani man, has been loosely connected to BHITC through a partner organization. Following his baptism, he wanted to meet others who spoke his native language for studying the Scriptures and growing in life as a disciple of Jesus. However, early attempts by BHITC and other refugee-serving organizations to assist Mohammed achieve this goal were met with no success.
That was until Sean Templeton, an Anglican priest and church planter of Lakewood Anglican Church, walked into The Hope Center this spring with a man he knew – Sunny – who was very interested in assisting refugees. Sunny not only speaks English fluently, but he also speaks Urdu, a Pakistani language, which overlaps significantly with Mohammed’s native language. Both men actually speak five different languages, and Urdu has the highest number of similarities – clearly God was at work! Sunny has been a Jesus follower for several years now and was very eager to begin meeting with Mohammed to partner with him in spiritual growth as a Christian.
This is one example of the connections God is making possible because of The Hope Center. Although some of the staff at The Hope Center are certain they have interacted with many of the same organizations Sunny is also connected to, their paths never crossed until The Hope Center.
“God just blew open a new window of opportunity at The Hope Center,” says Eileen Wilson, BHITC’s Director of Refugee Ministries. “God is using The Hope Center as part of His Body in a way we haven’t seen yet. Not only is He bringing people to know him because of the space, He is also providing a way for discipleship to happen.”
The two met in July for the first time – Praise the Lord! Please continue to pray for Mohammed and refugees like him who enter the doors of The Hope Center each week. Want to get involved as a volunteer at The Hope Center? Take the first step and sign up for Building Hope 101! Visit www.buildinghopeinthecity.org for a list of upcoming classes and to register.