Refugees: An Interview with World Relief Durham

Recently, Keelan Cook of the Center for Great Commission Studies interviewed Adam Clark, Director of World Relief Durham, an organization that seeks to help refugees resettle in the Triangle area. Here’s the intro to Keelan’s interview:

Last week I shared about the gospel opportunity many churches are missing. Refugees are settling into our cities and neighborhoods at an unprecedented rate, and that means peoples from the least reach places are becoming your neighbors. What is more, these new neighbors are not as hard to connect with as you might think.


Enter World Relief.


World Relief is one of many organizations across the nation that work with refugees to help them resettle and get connected to a community. In the Raleigh area, we are fortunate to have World Relief Durham as a friend and partner in ministry. I have asked Adam Clark, their new director to share with us about what they do and how your local church can get involved. The following is an interview with Adam.

Read the full interview here.

The CGCS on Planting Churches to Fight Ebola

Every Wednesday we highlight the work of Southeastern’s Center for Great Commission Studies. Recently, Keelan Cook wrote about the efforts of a TN church to fight Ebola through church planting. 

Here’s an excerpt:

Several years ago, First Baptist Church in Humbolt, TN adopted the Susu people group in West Africa. The Susu are an unreached people group and staunchly Muslim. The spiritual soil is hard indeed. However, through obedience to the Great Commission, God has used this church to do miracles in West Africa.


The following update briefly discusses their missions strategy and its effectiveness. In addition, the villages where they worked to plant church are the same villages reeling with Ebola. Yet, God is working miracles in his church in this area. Read and see what it looks like for a church to roll up their sleeves and get involved in a specific area.


Read the full post here.

The CGCS on Christian Hospitality (Keelan Cook)

Every Wednesday morning we highlight the writing and work of the folks in the Center for Great Commission Studies. Recently, Keelan Cook, the Urban Resource Coordinator for the CGCS and PhD student at SEBTS, wrote about holiday hospitality and the Christian mission.

Here’s an excerpt:

Throughout the Old Testament, the people of God were commanded to welcome the sojourner (think Deut 10:19). The New Testament does not ease up on the issue either. Instead, the kingdom of God is radically inclusive, making no distinction between peoples. One need look no further than Jesus’ parable of the good samaritan (Luke 10) for a proper understanding of loving your neighbor. . . . Hospitality opens doors. Sharing a meal is more than a way into people’s homes, it is a way into their hearts.

Read the full post here.