A while back I (Matt) received the following email from our friend Brad who works in Rockwood. I thought it might be encouraging to hear the long lasting effects of our ministry efforts in that part of the city.
Akram (not his real name) is a resident of the Barberry Village apartment. He is an Iraqi Christian who fled with his family, and is now in the US as a refugee. Like many Iraqi refugees, his cultural background is Christian. On December 30th of last year, a Cru student knocked on his door as part of the Rockwood Knocks! outreach. Akram asked the Cru student to submit his name for follow-up with a local pastor. A Rockwood pastor connected with him, and also connected him with Peter Eversmeyer, who is the Rockwood CDC’s Community Navigator who lives at Barberry. Akram and Peter met, and Akram expressed a desire to start a Bible study for Iraqis with Peter. They are getting that Bible study going now. Who knows where this new inroad for the gospel might lead?
Laura lives at a different apartment complex south of the Max tracks. She is an immigrant from the Mexican state of Michoacan. Laura gave her contact info to a Cru student so that she could learn about opportunities to volunteer in community-building activities in Rockwood. The Rockwood CDC staff contacted Laura, and today she is a leader among the Michoacanos in Rockwood. She has already put on one amazing fiesta that was attended by 200, and an additional one is in the planning stages. These Michoacanos are thrilled to find each other and to reclaim relationships that were severed during immigration and resettlement.
Cru’s outreach continues to have ripple effects long after all of you have left the neighborhood. Thank you so much for your service!