This week, Matt and Jared interview Thi Mitsamphanh, the pastor of International Community Church in Smyrna, TN. Thi has been involved in ministry to immigrants and refugees for over 10 years. He brings a unique perspective as his family came to Christ after fleeing to the United States from war-torn Laos in the 1990’s.
In this episode he shares his incredible story, breaks down the unique challenges that refugees and immigrants face, and then shares how churches can effectively reach the rising population of refugees and immigrants flooding to North America.
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Quotes from this week’s episode:
“I tell people all the time that we came to the US looking for hope and success and the American Dream, but the Gospel is such a greater treasure than all of these things” – Thi
“I tell immigrants all the time that although you are here in the US and that is a blessing, there is so much more…” – Thi
“There’s a vast migration of people that is creating a reality where missions is borderless” – Thi
“Studies have shown that people in diaspora are more open to new ideas” – Thi
“Many refugees & immigrants discover that Christianity is completely unlike what they had been told by their religious leaders back home” – Thi
“We’ve met people who have been here for five years who have told us they’ve never been invited into a North American home” – Thi
“The south has the largest growing immigrant population in the United States” – Thi
“All ministry is messy and time consuming, but especially so with immigrants and refugees – you can’t come in with a rescuer mentality” – Thi
“There’s only going to be one banner waving in the Kingdom of God, and that’s Jesus’ banner” – Matt