Our Story

Read a little about our family and the story of how we moved to a ministry in Atlanta here.

Steve is on staff at City of Refuge, an inner city ministry serving the last, lost and least, as facilities manager.  City of Refuge provides housing for hundreds of homeless women and children. They provide any service the women may need including meals, job training assistance, GED classes, childcare, onsite healthcare, spiritual care and more. There is also a culinary arts training center, after school programming, middle school and high school, organic garden, youth programming, mechanic shop, safe house for women rescued from sex trafficking or prostitution, and a home for teenage pregnant mothers.

Currently on Sundays we are attending church at City of Refuge several times a month, visiting other local churches once a month, as well moving forward into the beginning stages of starting a church by house churching with another family once a month.

We have moved into a neighborhood one mile from the mission because we wanted to not only be serving people, but to live among them and minister together.  Loving has been easy (sometimes), but becoming a part of the neighborhood has been a slow process. It’s exciting to yell back a hello to our neighbor two houses over or get invited to another neighbor’s birthday party and realize little signs that we are being accepted as part of this community.

We’ve started studying the Bible with another seeker once a week and sometimes have the opportunity to have spiritual interactions with another neighbor.

Our dream is to be a part of an inner-city church in the South.  City of Refuge has been a place for us to learn how to effectively minister to people in need. We are learning  much as we work shoulder to shoulder with people who have been ministering in this community for years.

 

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October, 2014
December, 2013
December, 2013
family 2011
Fall, 2011
2010 soon after moving to Atlanta

 

2 thoughts on “Our Story”

  1. Thank you, Christy!
    Lovely family photos! Great vision! Life can be a risky adventure, but with God, anything is possible!!
    love you,
    Sarah

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