We have some exciting news!
There is a new initiative started within the Alliance family called RAIN, which stands for Refugees and Immigrants Network. The Central Pacific District, especially Raed Awabdeh and our Arabic Ministry in Sacramento, is a front runner in getting this off the ground nationally!
Welcoming our Global Neighbors
with the Love of Christ
RAIN has launched with a new website and will be kicking off with a planning meeting at General Council the end of this month. Please go to www.rainalliance.org to find out more!
The Purpose of RAIN is Three-Fold:
- Welcoming: Alliance churches welcoming our global neighbors with the love and compassion of Christ, as He has welcomed us into His Kingdom, is the heart of this network.
- Equipping: Focus is on equipping our Alliance churches in welcoming ministries that are useful for reaching global neighbors within their local communities.
- Training: Partner with academic organizations to train practitioners worldwide in ministry strategies that address the needs of traumatized refugees and immigrants, and those who serve them.
How to Reach Your Refugee Neighbors:
You are invited to come to the launch meeting at General Council to hear all about it! We would love to see you there. Please see all the important information below or find us at Booth 326 at General Council...
Wednesday, May 29 from 4:30-6:00 pm
ROOM CHANGE: Location has MOVED to Canary 1 (instead of the Crystal Q room)
Rev. Raed Awabdeh and Refugee and Immigrant Network (RAIN)
The nations are coming to our neighborhoods! Join us for a gathering to hear about what God is doing within the refugee community in the U.S. and how we can participate in His work. Rev. Raed Awabdeh leads the Arab American Learning Center in Sacramento, California. He will share an example of the powerful ministry that is happening through their center as they strategically welcome, support, build relationships, and share the gospel with refugees.
You will also hear from the newly forming Refugee and Immigrant Network (RAIN) of the C&MA about how churches and ministries across the U.S. are beginning to collaborate with a shared vision to reach our international neighbors.
Following this gathering, there will be an informal time of networking and refreshments for those who are interested in continuing the conversation. We would love to have you join us!
He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall,
and He determined their boundaries.
His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and
perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him
— though He is not far from any one of us.”