Migration and the Great Commission – JESUS IN ATHENS

Eric Costanzo

The deeply troubling reports and pictures from our southern border this week are a stark reminder that a full-blown humanitarian crisis is on our doorstep. With such difficulties also come our legitimate concerns for security and upholding laws. Unfortunately, these predicaments are unlikely to improve anytime soon. Nor are the people who have fled the dangers and scarcities of their homeland and traveled for thousands of miles going to simply disappear.

The bigger reality is, there are more displaced people worldwide than ever before. Instability has caused millions to be on the move, and these situations affect every nation and people on earth, including us.

With the many conflicting narratives in the media and on social media, it is incredibly hard to know what is true, false, or exaggerated. Christians must be led by the Holy Spirit, not the “spirit of this age.”

Out of crises emerge Great Commission opportunities. As the Apostle Paul preached nearly 2000 years ago—in Athens of all places: “From one man God made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” (Acts 17:26-27)

It was God Himself who first separated people and established nations and boundaries. He is also working when people are on the move, and often uses the struggles nations face to get people’s attention. Then, perhaps, they will truly seek Him first and, as they reach out for Him, they will find He is not far away indeed.

JOIN US TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m. in the gym, as we screen the film JESUS IN ATHENS, the story of God working in the midst of one of the greatest movements of people in modern history.

Based on the work of missions leader Darren Carlson and others serving in Athens, “this is the story of some of the most marginalized people in the world, God’s chosen outcasts, as they come out of darkness and into light. Viewers are brought face to face with the miraculous and the ordinary, as Christians show hospitality to Muslim refugees, while being transformed from fear to love.”

Join us early for an optional dinner catered by Taziki’s at 5:30 p.m. for just $5 per person. Child care available for children 4th grade and under by reservation only. Make your reservations for the movie, dinner and child care at southtulsa.org/special-events.

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