GOOD SAMARITAN MINISTRY
Our highlighted ministry for the first quarter of 2019 is Good Samaritan Lutheran Ministries. GSM is a new faith community for refugees grounded in hospitality and the Lutheran tradition. This ministry seeks to welcome new arrivals living in the Clarkston area which is the heart of the refugee community in Georgia. Currently GSM serves refugees from D.R. Congo, Central Africa Republic, Pakistan and Chad.
GSM Ministries include…
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- Outreach Ministry - home visits to welcome new refugees by the pastor and members of the congregation. An offer of practical support to help these new residents as they start a new life in a new country. We also invite them to join GSM.
- Weekly Worship and Fellowship - GSM worships each Sunday afternoon in the sanctuary of Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Stone Mountain, GA. Our Lutheran liturgy is the format for this worship with an emphasis on singing, praying, and fellowship.
- Social Adjustment Ministries - include English as Second Language Classes and various educational events focusing on life-skill issues like health, employment, home management, banking, budgeting, bill payment, saving money, taxes, etc. These classes help to empower refugees to achieve successful resettlement and integration into their new community.
- Children and Youth Ministry - GSM has many children and few youth. Many refugee children have been traumatized by war and many other horrific life experiences. These children need to feel loved. They need a safe place to learn how to trust the world in which they now live. GSM plans to organize social and educational outings, field trips and other fellowship activities to help children learn about life in America and to help them grow more confident, safe and secure.