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Lutherans to discuss immigrant outreach

Published 11:08am Friday, September 13, 2013

Speaker Mesgana Morris, a POBLO (People of the Book Lutheran Outreach) missionary in training, will highlight the Lutheran Women in Mission retreat next Saturday in Faribault.

The program will be “Reaching Out to Immigrants.” POBLO International Ministries of Rochester, Minn., serves Muslim, Sikhs, Buddhists and Hindu. As a second-generation convert from Islam, Mesgana was heavily influenced as a child by his father, who searched the Bible and taught his son what he learned of Jesus.

Now moved by the same zeal to share Christ, Mesgana is communicating Christ in word and deed by serving and teaching immigrants in Minnesota.

POBLO International Ministries sends trained missionaries to help congregations do cross-cultural outreach to share Christ.

The organization reaches out in many languages, trains volunteers from local congregations to reach out by teaching English as a second language, engages in hospitality ministry, teaches women to sew, and assists refugees with food, clothing and furniture.

Donations will be gathered for POBLO, such as gas cards to major stations, paper products, or food staples of canned beans, dry beans, white or brown rice, cooking oil or any canned goods.

The meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 530 Fourth St. NW. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The $10 fee includes noon lunch.

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