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Missio Nexus Issues Case Study on Embrace Catoctin

missio nexus logoHow are local churches responding to the Great Commission opportunity that comes with immigrants, refugees and international students arriving in their communities?  That was the question Missio Nexus presented at the Church Connection Tour in five cities during the month of June 2014.  Pastors, church planters and mission leaders explored approaches, resources and partnerships for developing church-based ministry to immigrants, refugees and international students.  The Missio Nexus mission is to advance the effectiveness of the Great Commission community in North America in global mission.

Five case studies were presented during the Church Connection Tour. One of these studies focused on Embrace Catoctin a ministry of McLean Bible Church (Loudoun Campus) that works in close partnership with Catoctin Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia. Embrace Catoctin operates within a broader partnership umbrella of Embrace Loudoun, a 501(c)3 faith-based nonprofit designed to equip and network churches and other community stakeholders to build thriving communities.  Click on this link to download the Embrace Catoctin Case Study.Missio-Nexus-Case-Study-Embrace Catoctin-1

The case study tells the story of how a local church seized opportunities to bless an entire community by meeting the needs of that community.  Many transferable concepts are presented that can be applied in contexts beyond immigrant populations.  Topics such as strategies for identifying needs, developing trusting relationships, addressing obstacles, recruiting and equipping people for mission and stories of transformation are included.  Howard Levin, a Director with Embrace Loudoun was interviewed by Casely Essamuah, Global Missions Pastor at Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis, Maryland.

Key quotes:

“Our primary idea is that, through relationships, we will be able to know people, serve people better.  And you know as we get to know each other, we can’t help but share what’s important in our lives—that being Christ and our faith.”

“Stepping out into the proximity of needs has cultivated greater compassion. God has provided all we needed when we needed it, increasing our faith in His promises and provisions.”

“Seeing lives changed and being used as God’s ambassadors has brought greater meaning, and a deeper sense of fellowship with those serving and those served.”

Additional Case Studies from the Church Connection Tour:

Click here for Cedar Springs Outreach to Refugees & International Students
Click here for Cherrydale Baptist Church Ministry to Immigrants
Click here for Embrace Catoctin: Ministry to Students & Their Families
Click here for Truro International Programs & Services
Click here for Svetmiru Ministry to Russian Speaking Immigrants

 

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