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REFUGE MINISTRIES

Wild Dreams Come True

Written by Jordyn Osburn

My soul could explode in gratitude
over Your faithfulness manifest

It's here—Your Kingdom
and it's coming.
It's already
and it's our hope

And today it feels like
a here day. An already day.
A seeing Your goodness in the
land of the living day. 

I saw You rip victory out
of the hands of the enemy
in the moment that this
mother embraced her daughter. 

I saw You pay interest
on what he stole. 

I saw You be You. The same
You that You always are.

You are Mighty
Faithful
Compassionate
and Kind.

You are Just
Holy
Righteous
and Upright. 

You are Love in all its ways. 

And I want You to hear me
say thank You
for wild dreams come true.

I wrote this to God the night after we arrived in Uganda, about one month ago. It doesn't do justice to how I was actually feeling—to the gratitude I wished that I could express—but it was my best attempt. And I have described that trip with the same phrase many times now: wild dreams come true.

If you don't know the back story, I'll try to say it briefly:

As a community, we are passionate about being family to people in need of a family. One of the ways we try to walk that out is via refugee foster care. So, one of our daughters, I will call her M, came to our family after having been violently chased from her home about five years ago. At the time, she was 14 years old. It was the middle of the night, and as her entire village ran for their lives, she lost track of her mom, dad, and four younger siblings. She didn't know if any of them had survived.

After a long and grueling journey, she ended up in a neighboring country in Africa, and eventually, in our house.

Fast forward through a whirlwind of incredible miracles, to last month: M, a friend named Carlyn, and I took a trip to Uganda to reunite with M's mom and three of her siblings!!!!

A candid of the first reunion: mom and M in back, me and aunt, cousin in front

Her family traveled 6 hours across Uganda to meet us at the airport, which started a family reunion unlike any I have ever imagined. Simple, beautiful, profound. Full of glory, gratitude, and even forgiveness. I've never seen M so happy. I've never heard her speak so boldly of the faithfulness of God.

M's family is part of a church plant that is made up almost completely of Congolese refugees. They sing praise from their guts. They dance before the Lord until they are covered in sweat. And almost every one of them has family members still missing—children, parents, siblings. They've found a deep well of hope and joy, and I was so extremely honored to be in their presence.

While in Uganda, we helped M's Mom find and move into a safer neighborhood, close to the church and uncle. Pictured is M with her mom, uncle, 3 siblings, and 3 cousins, in mom's new house.

Thank you to all of you who contributed to this trip. I felt like you were there with me. And I know that God is faithful to bless your prayers, your generosity, your hearts. I pray that you would know our sincere gratitude and that TODAY you would see the goodness of God in the land of the living.

Love,
Jordyn

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CELEBRATE BAPTISM

On Sunday, September 8 at 10:00am, Refuge Ministries will be celebrating baptisms at a local home on Miner Lake in Allegan. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in being baptized please contact hello@refugemin.org.

FREE MEALS

Did you know? Every Sunday, Refuge gives away home-cooked meals to take home, reheat and enjoy. If you live locally, you can enjoy these free meals! Join us for worship, then take home a couple of meals. Spread the word.

SEASON OF FASTING

Our Refuge Family is currently in a season of fasting. We invite you to fast and pray with us on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, now through the end of September. We are asking God to destroy the golden calves in our lives - individually and corporately.

Ministry Partners

To continue building on our foundation of being a people who are deeply committed to prayer, we have written a basic prayer map. We hope that it will encourage us to be praying in unity over different people, places, and circumstances. Along with fasting on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, you are invited to daily pray with us for the following:
  • Sundays: Pray for the Churches of Allegan
  • Mondays: Pray for the Refuge Kids & Teens
  • Tuesdays: Pray for the City of Allegan
  • Wednesdays: Pray for Refuge House Church Members
  • Thursdays: Pray for the Persecuted Church & Unreached People Groups
  • Fridays: Pray for Church Leaders
  • Saturdays: Pray for the power of God to heal and bring people into a relationship with Jesus Chris.
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