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June 22 - Caring for Ukraine’s Refugees

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    The country of Georgia is home to some
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    four million people.
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    Out of these millions,
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    Pastor Grigol is one of only two Georgian
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    Seventh-day Adventist pastors.
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    We don’t have many workers,
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    and because of that
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    we have a lot of functions as pastors.
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    It’s a big challenge because
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    we don’t have enough resources.
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    Pastor Grigol lives in
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    the port city of Batumi,
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    Georgia’s second largest city.
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    The mission challenges grow by the day
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    as new apartments, casinos,
    and other developments
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    are constructed around his church.
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    Many people don’t trust
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    when you talk to them about God.
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    I would say this is one of the challenges.
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    Although historically,
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    Georgia was the second nation
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    to officially adopt Christianity,
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    Adventism has struggled
    to gain ground here.
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    The Adventist Church
    is very small in Georgia.
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    There are approximately 300 people,
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    they are scattered all over Georgia.
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    In Batumi we have a church
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    approximately consisting of 40 members.
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    Despite their small numbers,
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    church members in Batumi
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    have a heart for mission.
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    So they have found practical ways
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    to follow Christ’s method of ministry.
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    When we become friends with people,
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    like we try to organize
    different social projects
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    and humanitarian projects
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    for people who are in need,
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    and when they get closer to us
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    and start to communicate with us,
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    then we have more trust from them.
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    Recently, the greatest need comes
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    from the influx of Ukrainian refugees.
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    Adventists in Batumi
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    welcome refugees to their church
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    for a variety of classes and programs.
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    Today, they are
    conducting English classes.
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    The classes are a great way
    for the Ukrainians
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    to come together to learn and socialize.
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    These gatherings have
    allowed them to develop
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    a community away
    from their homes in Ukraine.
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    It allows them to feel
    supported and cared for.
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    The church also offers classes
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    to learn the Georgian language.
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    Learning Georgian helps them find
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    job opportunities more easily
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    so that they can integrate
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    and feel more at home.
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    Through these projects
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    we become friends with them
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    and sometimes they ask
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    questions about our church,
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    about our beliefs and we can share.
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    Finally, we believe that these projects
    they will have influence
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    and maybe some of them will even
    start to attend our church.
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    Pastor Grigol and church members in Batumi
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    have been praying for funds to build
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    an urban center of influence
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    that would provide space for them
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    to offer more programs to their community.
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    Currently, the church is too small.
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    Sometimes we have a challenge
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    because we don’t have
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    rooms or space to conduct
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    different kinds of events and meetings.
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    For example, with this English class
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    we have to use our hall
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    where we have services.
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    This is our biggest need, I would say.
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    This quarter, a portion
    of your 13th Sabbath Offering
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    will help construct
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    an urban center of influence
    in Batumi, Georgia.
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    This will vastly improve
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    outreach efforts here.
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    This is a big honor and a big joy that
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    there are many people who care
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    and are interested in supporting
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    the mission in our country.
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    Please pray as church members in Batumi
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    continue to meet
    the needs of their neighbors.
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    Thank you for supporting
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    13th Sabbath Offering projects like this!
Title:
June 22 - Caring for Ukraine’s Refugees
Description:

Adventists in the country of Georgia welcome refugees to their church for a variety of classes and programs. Church members have been praying for funds to build an urban center of influence that would provide space for them to offer more programs to their community.

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Video Language:
English
Team:
Team Adventist
Project:
Mission Spotlight DVD
Duration:
03:58

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