Reaching people here in our community is core to what we believe God has called us to; our heart is to care for the widow, the orphan, and the foreigner or refugee living alongside us. Jesus told His disciples that the mission of spreading the Gospel would start first in their city, then spread to the surrounding regions, and then to the ends of the earth. For over three years, teams of local missionaries from Milestone Missions, with a heart for reaching our community, neighborhoods and city, have been taking part in both Second Saturday Serve and through monthly food distribution in Fort Worth, where over 700 refugees from over 30 foreign countries have been placed. There’s also an annual summer mission trip where the missionaries immerse themselves in the lives of the refugees they’ve been building relationships with all year long.
That’s what makes Second Saturday Serve so unique – the trips are close to home, and the volunteers head down twice every month, so they not only reach the refugees, but have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with people from all over the world, right in our own backyard!
One of these relationships is with a family who fled their home in Tanzania nearly two years ago. Their oldest daughter had struggled when they first got here, saying “the first six months I cried every day, it was so hard.” Since she was too old to attend high school, she had to go through a GED program to get her high school diploma, while trying to learn English. She said that every time she wanted to quit, her mom would tell her over and over “don’t give up, don’t give up!” Now she is about to complete technical training school, and in August will graduate as a nurse’s aide. The team visits the family regularly, encouraging the younger siblings, providing them with tutoring, language, and homework help—every time reminding them to keep going, and not give up!