Guest post courtesy of Acadia Divinity College, our Convention’s school of theology
TOGETHER WE’RE EQUIPPING CHRISTIANS TO SERVE.
Recently, we have heard many stories of the plight of refugees. Often we think there is not much we can do.
In August 2015, an Iraqi mother and her five daughters left a refugee camp in Turkey and boarded an airplane bound for Canada. From the airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, they were driven to the quiet rural community of Paradise. The congregation of Paradise Baptist Church, led by Rev. Mark Reece (Acadia Master of Divinity 2004) warmly embraced the family and welcomed them into their new community and home.
In 2012, Mark felt the call to enroll in the Acadia Doctor of Ministry program. As part of this program, Mark had the opportunity to take elective courses. The course entitled, Reaching Muslims: Theology, Apologetics and Effective Engagement, taught by Dr. Andy Bannister, Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) Canada, caught his attention.
“It was an area of personal interest to me that I wanted to explore,” said Mark. “I didn’t think it would have much impact on my immediate ministry context. I was wrong.”
Mark credits that course and the quality education he received from Acadia Divinity College in preparing him to respond to the refugee crisis. Since the family of six has arrived, Mark and the members of Paradise Baptist have been busy caring for their new neighbours as well as helping many other churches respond to the crisis.
Please prayerfully consider giving a gift to allow us to continue equipping Christian leaders like Mark Reece to serve. This fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, we require $415,000 to ensure the operational needs of the College are met. As of February 15, 2016, we have received $272,150 in support.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support of Acadia Divinity College. We look forward to what we may accomplish together.
Other Links for Paradise Baptist Church, Paradise, Nova Scotia:
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/paradiseubc/
Convention website: http://baptist-atlantic.ca/news/welcome-to-paradise/
Canadian Baptist Ministries website: http://www.cbmin.org/welcome-to-paradise/
CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/bridgetown-prepares-to-welcome-iraqi-refugee-family-1.3180744
Canadian Baptists nationwide have committed to sponsoring 100 Syrian refugee families. Our Convention hopes to provide sponsorship for at least half of those families. They have made many resources available for any churches that would like to help.
Most of us can’t sponsor a refugee family on our own but we can help in other ways. The Festival in Charming Churches is providing Islanders with an opportunity to contribute.