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Awesome Week of English Camp!

  • August 24, 2017 08:24 am
  • by: Megan Weber, Veronica Fernandes & Clint Smith

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The Kingdom of God looks like this… Over 70 native Arabic speakers coming together with over 60 native English speakers, crossing cultures and engaging with one another. The Kingdom of God looks like the Church being the Church and reaching out in love to the vulnerable in our community, extending Jesus’ welcome. It is watching people have paradigm shifting experiences with the “other.” It is refugee children and moms asking why we don’t have ESL camp every week! It is sowing seeds of love generously without agenda.

Volunteers from our church who assisted in the English Camp with refugee children at Dearborn FMC were Clint and Vivienne Smith, Helene Hill, April Montague, and Veronica Fernandez, who commented, “Being involved in the camp helped me see how Dearborn FM has garnered respect and influence with their community.  On the last day, the families were allowed to take one bag of groceries per household when they left. I noticed that a husband took a bag to his car and then his wife took one, too. Once the husband realized they had two bags, he returned his bag. This showed me two things: first, I saw the character of this man, but second I realized that he was honoring the Dearborn FM Church. Honor is given when a person feels loved and respected. This camp was much more than teaching English. God was changing our hearts to see our neighbors how he sees them, as His wonderful creation. I was blessed and honored to be a part of the English Camp.”

Clint Smith added, “It was a relation-building time for those of us who participated in the camp. It was sad to see how far behind some of the children were because of lack of schooling in their refugee situation and also sad to see some examples of what appeared to be post-traumatic stress disorder. The mothers appreciated the classes and they certainly saw Christ through His body. Pray for people to help with the follow-up.”

Families were loved on and Jesus was shared. Thanks for your prayers!  “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.” (Leviticus 19:33-34)

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Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church is a Biblical community, in which people from all walks of life join together to worship our amazing God, grow in knowledge and relationship with Jesus Christ,  connect with one another to find acceptance and friendship in the Body of believers, and then scatter to serve the world and our community in order to build God’s Kingdom here on earth.