Refugees in Clarkston, GA
God has brought the nations to our doorstep in order for us to reach them with the Gospel! Locally, we have the international students at Gadsden State. But within driving distance, we have refugees from dozens of countries (over 60). Refugees reside in almost every major American city, including Atlanta, GA. Church family, we have an incredible opportunity to learn about and engage refugees who have come to a community close to us (only a 2 hour drive away). Some of us can’t get on an airplane and go around the world, but most of us can drive 2 hours and spend a weekend or week building relationships with folks who need to hear about Jesus!
– Spring 2018 (weekend trip)
– Early Summer 2018 (week long trip)
– Late Summer 2018 (week long trip)
For more information on refugees and opportunites to engage them with the Gospel, contact Mike Niemi at 256-442-3550.
Engaging International Students
- In-Home Dinners…food and hospitality are a great way to build relationships with people from all cultures! Each semester we schedule several opportunities for MeadowBrook to host international students in their homes for dinner in order to build relationships with the students.
- How you can serve…sign up as an individual family or invite several families from your Life Group to join you in hosting international students in your home for dinner and games. On the night of the dinner you will pick your students up in the church parking lot at 6:00 pm and will drop them back off at 9:00 pm, giving you and others several hours to enjoy building a relationship with these students from all over the world. We want to encourage you also to not let it stop with that night, get the phone number of your students and friend them on Facebook so that the relationship can continue beyond that night and you can experience a deeper relationship for the glory of Christ! The scheduled dinner nights for this fall will be on Sunday, October 22nd. To serve as a host home, please fill out the form below
- Dinner/Game Night…alongside the in-home dinner nights, we try to host one dinner/game night in the Dining Hall at the church in order to bring the host homes and students all together. These are great opportunities to meet many other people, enjoy some food again and build relationships while you play things like Corn Hole, Jenga, and Uno.
- How you can serve…you and your Life Group are invited to come and join us for dinner that night. Come, relax and have a great time with these students…who knows, you may be able to start a relationship up with one of them that will continue beyond that night! This fall, the dinner/game night will be on Tuesday, November 14th at 6:00 pm in the Dining Hall.
- Friendship Family…if you or your Life Group members are interested in a deeper relationship with an international student, then please consider this as a great option to come alongside a student. Through the international student office at Gadsden State, you will be partnered up with a student who is looking for a Friendship Family.
- How you can serve… many of these students do not have family in the United States and therefore would very much enjoy an American family “taking them in” as a part of their family for a season, checking in on them regularly throughout the school term and spending some time with them and your family together. A note of clarification…this is not having them live with you in your home, but rather having them come alongside and with your family on outings or to eat or just for you and your family to be there for the student as they try to navigate school and life in a foreign land. To be partnered up with a student, please contact Mike Niemi at firstname.lastname@example.org or Faith Dobbs at email@example.com / 256-549-8446
Good News Club is a weekly afterschool program at Attalla Elementary, Eura Brown Elementary and Striplin Elementary where MeadowBrook is able to love on children and share the good news of Jesus with them through Bible stories and other activities.
Open Hands is one of our local mission efforts which provides food, clothing, and hygiene products to the people living at or below the poverty line in our area. Through Open Hands we also have the opportunity to engage them with our counselors as they have a chance to speak the Gospel to people and pray with them.
Way of the Cross is a local, multi-denominational ministry that feeds those living at or below the poverty line in Etowah County and teaches them through weekly Bible studies to adults and children. MeadowBrook is invested into Way of the Cross weekly as we have different teams each week prepare, cook, and serve the Thursday lunch meal at Way of the Cross.
If you are interested in serving in one of our local mission opportunities, please complete the form below.