Ministering to Refugees, From Clean Clothes to a Clean Soul

This special report was written by AGWM missionaries to Sicily

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth”. (I Corinthians 3:6-7)

Dear Friends,

As tens of thousands of refugees have flooded the shores of Europe, the Lord has taken that which is a crisis to man and turned it for His glory. People from nations closed to the gospel and in which no one can freely share the gospel are now hearing about Jesus in their mother tongue, through scripture, song and the Jesus film. In the past two years, more than 7,000 New Testaments have been shared with the refugee and immigrant population here in Sicily and the Word does not return void. New souls are entering His kingdom. Surely “this is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes”!

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Here in Sicily, we have opened two ministry locations under the name “Casa Di Rifugio” (House of Refuge). The first was opened in February 2017, and is located in the town closest to Europe’s largest refugee camp Cara Mineo. We gather three times a week for prayer, discipleship, Bible study, praise and worship, Italian lessons, soccer and games. 

The second location was opened in April of 2018 and is located in Caltanissetta, home to one of the largest populations of immigrants from the Mideast. There we offer laundry services and hot showers for those who lack such basic services, as well as provide food and clothing assistance, Bible study and English classes for children. We have been blessed to form great friendships with many Muslim neighbors and seek to proclaim Jesus boldly in word and deed.

The Spirit of God is moving. The results are in His hands. We are part of His body and it is the prayers, gifts, support and encouragement of the Body of Christ that has made this all possible.  We thank God for you all, and remember that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.