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The Beloved Community Gathered by Marc Wyatt, CBF Field Personnel

The sanctuary was filled. Not a seat in the house as the worship leaders entered the sacred room carrying cross, candle and Holy Scripture. Nathan and Pastor Jean Claude orchestrated the holy service so that all present were able to hear, sing and dance in their heart language. The theme of peace was proclaimed from the words of Jesus, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’ John 14:27 One of the highlights of the morning worship was when the Congolese children shared sacred traditional African songs and dance with the congregation. 

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Houston, we have a problem! by Nell Green

I sat down in the Houston courtroom. I looked around noting other anti-trafficking advocates who were also there to observe the federal criminal trial of Hortencia Medeles Arguello known as “Tencha”.  Several women were to testify about their trafficking ordeal and Tencha’s role as a ring leader. Tencha had trafficked and sold girls as young as 14 to men for the purpose of sex for more than 6 years. 

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A Ministry of Availability by Steve Clark and Annette Ellard

Over the past nine years, we have understood ours as a ministry of availability. 

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CBF Blog and Syrian Refugees

In 1997 the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship put together a team of field personnel who would serve among Diaspora. 

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I am an immigrant by Nora Lozano

I arrived in United States on a day like today, 28 years ago, with a student visa, one suitcase, $200 and many dreams. 

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Sacred Crayon Cards by Marc Wyatt, CBF Field Personnel

Our Resettlement Coordinator friend went on to say, ‘I know we don’t use language like this around here but I want to say that God has blessed us through you in so many ways. Thank you for serving alongside us. ‘

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Welcome Home! by Amanda Atkinon

A member of Greystone Baptist Church joins others in welcoming a refugee family. 

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Family on Mission in Their Own Back Yard by Kim Wyatt, CBF Field Personnel

With more than 232 million migrants in the world, including 16.7 million refugees, we live in an age of unprecedented human mobility. These movements of people allow us the opportunity to extend hope and hospitality to those fleeing hostility or drawn by the promise of a better life for their family. Here in the Triangle approximately 1000 refugees resettle each year. Regularly I meet women and men who ask how they can help. 

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Come Go With Us, by Marc Wyatt, CBF Field Personnel

Dr. Braswell’s invitation began a great adventure. We were able to spend many hours of quality time with one of the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable Christian Educators. Like a sponge we soaked up every word and experience. The week took us back and forth across the great divide that has separated many around the world and across the ages. We sat crossed legged as we listened to Buddhist share their view of reality. We were welcomed wholeheartedly by our hosts as each invited us into their sacred spaces; Mormons, Muslims and Hindus each North Carolinians, many of which have lived in Raleigh, Cary and Durham longer than our fellow Campbell Divinity Students were old. 

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The Hokey Pokey by Kim Wyatt, CBF Field Personnel

Even jetlagged from long journeys abroad and having navigated the city bus system each Monday and Wednesday during rush hour, as they walk into my classroom they are hopeful. Hopeful that today they just might learn a few words that will help them complete a job application, decipher a food label at the grocery store or make sense of the street names where they now live. 

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