The John 17:23 Network – May gathering (with a special focus on refugees)

On Sunday, May 15, The John 17:23 Network will take a special look at how the values of the network penetrate the issue of caring for refugees.

Join us on Sunday, May 15 at 6:00pm at Central Bible Church (8815 NE Glisan St. in Portland). This event is open to the public. See you there!

UPDATE: Wondering how you can learn more about refugees in Portland? Click here for a list of resources.

11 Responses to “The John 17:23 Network – May gathering (with a special focus on refugees)”

  1. Cornelia Seigneur Says:

    Looking forward to it!


  2. Paul Louis Metzger Says:

    Hello Cornelia,

    I look forward to you and others sharing about your experiences along with practical suggestions for how to engage meaningfully and lovingly the refugee community.

  3. Cooky Wall Says:

    I’m looking forward to being there. Thanks for your perserverence in bringing these significant topics forward. I believe that through these opportunities to engage, I grow and am strengthened to move forward in His gracious and vulnerable love.

  4. Brendon Says:

    I enjoyed what each person had to say this evening. I work with refugees with Catholic Charities and for me it was refreshing to hear perspectives on refugees from people who don’t work with refugees for a living. It brought me new ways of thinking about my work.

  5. Cornelia Seigneur Says:

    Tonight was such a wonderful evening discussing “refugees” and what that means for the church. I enjoyed sharing the story of our friendship with Jima and Wang’s family and the larger Sudanese Portland connection. I am glad that Gerry Winfield was able to share about his growing up years in Mississippi and the journey that brought him to Oregon. What a great story teller Gerry is, and his perspective as a social worker shed important light on issues. I appreciated the insights he shared regarding helping with Wang after the shooting (and reminding me that it was a “barber” we were having Wang go to, not a “hairdresser”!
    And how powerful, having Pastor Ahmed Iya begin his talk with the Acts 1:8 passage about how we should be Christ’s witnesses to the ends of the earth, and how the end of the earth is here! I loved his “here is the church, here is the steeple, open the door and see all the people” hand-motion analogy. What a great reminder that it is time for the people to get out of the church and into the world, reaching refugees with the love and message of Christ. Be a friend!
    I was also grateful that Peter Biel was able to join us this evening (and the timing of him calling me on my cell phone while I was speaking about our fellow Sudan connections was “priceless”!) His few moments of sharing part of the story of what it is like to be a Sudan refugee in Portland engaged us all. Peter’s statement, “Because of Christianity, I came to America,” tied back to Pastor Ahmed’s words, that believers need to step up to the plate.
    I appreciated how Paul summed up the meeting at the end, quoting Frederick Douglass, the 19th century slave turned abolitionist leader, who said to “agitate.”
    I share the verse I shared tonight, a paraphrase from Jeremiah 5: 1 – “Roam to and fro…and seek if you can find a man, if there is one who does justice…”
    Let us be remember, as Pastor Turner (who could not be there tonight) pointed out the other day, that we need to put to action what we talked about tonight: What are we going to do next. . . I look forward to where God may lead.
    As Paul mentioned, feel free to email me to continue connection on continued discussion regarding outreach to refugees
    ( And, link on my website for my blog post on this evening, which I will write in the future.
    Blessings, Cornelia

  6. Gerry Winfield Says:

    I enjoyed tonight sharing. It was good to fellowship with the saints of God. I look forward to meeting with “The John 17:23 Network.

  7. Weston Ruter Says:

    Hearing about refugee kids getting drawn into gangs makes my heart break. I can only conclude that they become part of these gangs because we have failed to reach out in friendship to provide the secure loving communities they desperately need. So goes the song, “Even bad love is better than no love at all.” May we overflow with the love of God as has been overflowed onto us in Christ. My family is going to follow up with Catholic Charities Oregon to become a refugee mentor—learn about their refugee resettlement program.

  8. Here is the church. . . the people need to get out of the steeple – A message from tonight’s John 17:23 Network meeting on refugees | Cornelia Becker Seigneur~ Author.Speaker.Teacher Says:

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  9. Paul Louis Metzger Says:

    Thank you, Pastor Stevens, for hosting the event this evening. It was very powerful. Cornelia, Gerry, Ahmed and Peter shared powerful stories and gave compelling calls to get engaged. I wish to thank all those who shared and all those who attended. We must continue to “agitate” on this and other related issues. What I heard people express more than anything is the need for intentionality to pray ourselves into relationships with refugees and stay connected. We all need refuge. In our consumer culture, we must make sure that other things such as our economic woes and desires for comforts and personal preferences don’t keep us from being consumed by God’s love in Jesus for those seeking refuge in America.

  10. Bob Wall Says:

    What an inspiring evening! Thanks to all for the powerful stories. This is unity in Christ! One of the best gatherings of The John 17:23 Network. I am grateful for the chance to learn more about immigartion and refugee isses. Ahmed, you nailed it when you asked, “Where is the church?” Far to often, the asnwer is: “Asleep.”
    Because we were there together, this part of the church is awake.

  11. Pastor Ahmed Says:

    What a blessing to be with people who want to see the Church of Christ be what Christ intended. Thank you all for the parts you play in reaching out those outside the body of Christ.
    Please let me know if your Church want to hear more in sharing our experiences. Its alway a blessing to share with his people.

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