The HCBC College and Career Group will be visiting the town of Clarkston, on Saturday the 20th, but everyone from Harbins Church is invited to participate in this “vision trip.”
Here are a few thoughts from Todd Harrison, one of our College and Career group leaders, regarding the mission significance of Clarkston, why HCBC is going, and what we will be doing there.
Clarkston has been called by New York Times Magazine, the “most diverse square mile
in the world.” Why? Every year over 2500 refugees from around the globe are resettled there by the US Government due to affordable housing, ease of walking, and close employment. These refugees come from war torn regions and they are here because their lives are in danger back in their home countries. Many of them have spent years in refugee camps before coming to Clarkston from Iraq, Burma, Nepal, Syria, Africa and many other places.
Why should we care about Clarkston? Well, for everyone that has ever desired to go to the mission field you now don’t need a passport! Foreign missions can happen right here – 30 miles from our church. Many churches, individuals, businesses and organizations work and minister in Clarkston. But the need for more help – specifically help that makes a long term commitment – is vitally necessary. The ways to minister are as diverse as the people groups of Clarkston – teaching English, helping with homework, helping with shopping and getting acclimated, helping with jobs, providing loving relationships, and more.
Harbins Church is exploring how we might get involved in Clarkston-taking the love of Jesus to the world, right here in our city.
The date for HCBC’s vision trip to Clarkston is Saturday, August 20th. We will have a 2 hour tour with the Executive Director of Friends of Refugees and learn about the plight of refugees in Clarkston, what others are doing to help, and how Harbins might be involved in this gospel opportunity.
Join us at the church at 8am. We will carpool to Clarkston. Our tour will be from 9-11am and we will end with lunch at Merhaba Shwarma- a local restaurant run by Manna, a Christian refugee from Eritrea. It’s the best food you will ever eat. We plan on being back to the church by or before 2pm.
If you are interested in going, please call or text Todd at 404-660-1673. The sooner we can get a count on how many people will participate, the better. All are invited, so come join us!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Demer and Todd H.