Help celebrate the launch of the new Welcome House Raleigh on Sunday, October 8 at 2:00pm. A Dedication and Open House will be hosted at Crabtree Valley Baptist Church (4408 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh 27612). A reception will follow the dedication. Ample parking at the church. Bring friends.
Welcome House is a CBFNC-sponsored mission initiative providing temporary housing for arriving refugee families. WHR is part of the growing Welcome House Community Network which includes Hope House Durham, hosted by Hope Valley Baptist Church, and Welcome House Wilmington, hosted by Winter Park Baptist Church.
Here is a message from Pastor Charles Allard, Crabtree Valley Baptist Church, Raleigh, to volunteers working to prepare Welcome House, a temporary housing ministry for arriving refugee families. This house marks the birth of the fourth such ministry begun in North Carolina in the past two years.
In an uneventful business meeting last February, the idea of turning our Youth House into a Refugee Ministry was introduced to the membership of Crabtree Valley Baptist Church. The idea sparked a six months investigation into the possibility of such an endeavor realizing full well that CVBC neither had the financial resources nor the manpower to undertake such a mission.
Conferences with Marc and Kim Wyatt (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship), Bill Baxley (Greystone Baptist Church, Raleigh), Roger Nix (Raleigh Baptist Association), Bill Bigger (Hope Valley Baptist Church, Durham) and others convinced us that with partnerships readily available and willing we could do this. Never in our wildest imagination did we realize that an army of willing volunteers were standing by to bring a dream into reality. In the process, we were praying for God to give us a mission challenge. We learned that God was way out in front of all our thinking. God was at work and all He needed was our willingness to join Him. We had the one ingredient needed for a Refugee Ministry, a house.
When CVBC voted on July 23, to offer up our Youth House for a Refugee Ministry the vote was unanimous. That decision resulted in an avalanche of workers descending upon a deteriorating house with a backyard jungle and turning it into a warm, welcome home for “the least of these” coming to our shores.
There are not adequate words to thank all of you who have so joyfully and lovingly joined in this partnership to create Welcome House Raleigh. You have put equity into this mission project. We are now joined together as Partners in Ministry, enthusiastically offering up what we have for God’s use to benefit those who come to our country to make a new life for themselves. Thank you friends and God Bless You for joining God in His work.
In His Love,
Charles Allard, Pastor
Crabtree Valley Baptist Church