Southern Baptist North American Missions Board, under the direction of Albert Mohler’s former pastor and pick to head the Southern Baptist entity has been busy spending millions of missions dollars on developing a network of Send Relief Ministry Centers across North America.
NAMB had abandoned its work in Puerto Rico several YEARS ago and had NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND on the island which is a US territory. That all changed after the 2017 Hurricane named Maria. NOW NAMB has built the Send Relief Center as a launching pad for “Crisis Response and Storm Recovery”.
Former SBC Seminary/ University professor Dr. Robert Oscar Lopez who is of Puerto Rican descent recently returned to to the island to visit family and the ancestral home now in ruins form Maria. He pointed out that many native churches remain and are very involved in ministering to Puerto Rico’s people while NAMB had pulled all resources off the island . NAMB have now returned to position themselves with the FEMA effort long term . Dr. Lopez likened the sudden return to an abandoned and storm ravaged Puerto Rico to “Ambulance Chasing ” on the part of Ezell and NAMB/ Send Relief leaders.
After dedicating a NEW Puerto Rico Send Relief Center with NAMB Trustees , Ezell last week held a meeting announcing plans to expand the development of these Send Centers from 7 to perhaps 20 or more across the nation. The Puerto Rico Send Relief Center is in partnership with FEMA focused on the disaster response and rebuild of Puerto Rico after the 2017 Hurricane Maria and recent earthquakes. All look to be based on the Faith Based Partnership models with local, federal government entities and private foundations and corporations. These partnerships seek to utilize the church and ministries such as the Send Relief Center as delivery systems for human and social services. NAMB looks to have bought DEEPLY into the “Faith Based” vision and is investing even MORE with the development of this network of Send Relief Centers.
Several other centers around the country are focused on “Poverty” “Sex Trafficking ” and other popular and easily funded FBP initiatives …while the ONE CLOSEST to NAMB home offices near Atlanta is an even more controversial use as a “Muslim Welcome Centers”
REFUGEES AND INTERNATIONALS
“Ministry to any refugee community requires sensitivity and a focus on meeting basic needs while helping refugees become established in a new home and unfamiliar culture. We invite you to join us in Clarkston, Georgia, at our Clarkston Ministry Center and experience an international mission opportunity right here in North America. Known as the “Ellis Island of the South,” there are great needs, but there are also great opportunities for churches and individuals to invest in and learn from the residents of this unique community.
According to Refugee Resettlement statics in GEORGIA:
“Georgia is among states that receive the highest amount of refugees for resettlement, and has resettled more than 37,000 refugees since 1993. Clarkston receives a large portion of these refugees, but arrivals have gradually declined yearly since 2016. In 2016, then Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued and then reneged on an executive order attempting to cease influx of Syrian refugees into the state. Additionally, as of 2019 federal funding for refugee programs has decreased and executive orders have been issued that allow states increased authority to limit resettlement, which has resulted in the downsizing of several Georgia resettlement organizations.
Organizations that aid the resettlement of refugees in Clarkston include:”
Southern Baptist North American Missions Board is the domestic “Missions” arm of the Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Missions Program . NAMB President is Kevin Ezell the former pastor and close associate of Albert Mohler .
Al Mohler’s pastor recommended as new NAMB president
“ALPHARETTA, Ga. (ABP) — The pastor of one of the Southern Baptist Convention’s most visible leaders will be recommended as the new head of the denomination’s North American Mission Board.”
“Kevin Ezell, pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., was announced as a presidential search committee’s nominee Aug. 31, in a letter to NAMB trustees from board chairman Tim Dowdy, according to the Florida Baptist Witness. Dowdy is pastor of Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Ga.”
“At Highview, Ezell serves as pastor to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Al Mohler, a nationally prominent Calvinist theologian and conservative commentator on social issues.”
“A native of Paducah, Ky., Ezell is a graduate of Union University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Southern Seminary. He has served as pastor of churches in Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Texas.”
NAMB has been busy spending millions of missions dollars on developing a network of Send Relief Ministry Centers across North America.
“SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) – North American Mission Board (NAMB) president Kevin Ezell shared a series of five-year goals, including more than doubling the entity’s number of Send Relief ministry centers throughout North America.
“Our goal,” Ezell said, “is to add at least 13 more by 2025 so we can have 20.”
During their full board meeting trustees took action on several other items:
“Thank you so much,” NAMB president Kevin Ezell told the missionaries. “You are our heroes and we are so grateful for you. We can’t wait to see how your churches are multiplied and what’s going to be here in the years to come.”
“J.D. Greear, pastor of Summit Church in Durham, N.C., and current president of the Southern Baptist Convention attended a portion of the meetings with trustees.”
“I can’t tell you how grateful I am and what an impact this has had just to be with you all for a little bit and to experience, this afternoon with our Puerto Rican brothers and sisters, the movement that they are a part of,” Greear said. “This is something that is really, really special, and I just sat there today thinking, ‘It doesn’t get much better than this.’”
EZELL OUTLINES NAMB PLANS
“The broader goals Ezell outlined for NAMB include 6,000 new Southern Baptist churches by 2025 coming from a combination of new church plants, new church affiliations and new church campuses. In addition to the ministry centers, Ezell wants to see 100,000 people engaged in Send Relief compassion ministry. In evangelism, NAMB will pursue commitments from at least 50,000 people who say they will share Christ with at least one person.”
“A lot can happen in five years and a lot might need to be adjusted,” Ezell said. “But as we look at 2025, this where we want to be.”
Ezell’s announcement came during NAMB’s Board of Trustees meeting in Puerto Rico this week as the group met February 3-4 in San Juan.”
“NAMB’s Send Relief ministry centers each focus on one or more area of work: poverty; refugees and internationals; foster care and adoption; human trafficking and crisis response.”
NAMB VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE CLARKSTON GA.
Muslim Welcome Center
MINISTRY OPPOTUNITES IN CLARKSTON
According to Refugee Resettlement statics
CLARKSTON ISLAMIC REFUGEE HISTORY OVERVIEW
“The city is noted for its ethnic diversity, and is often referred to as “the most diverse square mile in America” and “the Ellis Island of the South. In the 1990s, refugee resettlement programs identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many backgrounds. The rental market was open, residents were moving farther out from the Atlanta urban core, and Clarkston was the last stop on a transit line into the city. At present students attending Clarkston High Schoolcome from over 50 different countries; the local mosque (Masjid al-Momineen, or Mosque of the Faithful in English) has a diverse and sizable congregation; and over half the population is estimated by some to be foreign born”
“Georgia is among states that receive the highest amount of refugees for resettlement, and has resettled more than 37,000 refugees since 1993. Clarkston receives a large portion of these refugees, but arrivals have gradually declined yearly since 2016. In 2016, then Georgia Governor Nathan Deal issued and then reneged on an executive order attempting to cease influx of Syrian refugees into the state. Additionally, as of 2019 federal funding for refugee programs has decreased and executive orders have been issued that allow states increased authority to limit resettlement, which has resulted in the downsizing of several Georgia resettlement organizations.”
“Organizations that aid the resettlement of refugees in Clarkston include:”
“Ministry to any refugee community requires sensitivity and a focus on meeting basic needs while helping refugees become established in a new home and unfamiliar culture. We invite you to join us in Clarkston, Georgia, at our Clarkston Ministry Center and experience an international mission opportunity right here in North America. Known as the “Ellis Island of the South,” there are great needs, but there are also great opportunities for churches and individuals to invest in and learn from the residents of this unique community.”
LAWSUIT BY NAMB
“NAMB sues Georgia town over plans for new $10 million Send Relief ministry center”
“The Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board is suing the city of Clarkston, Georgia as the town’s city council stands in the way of plans related to a proposed $10 million Send Relief ministry center.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the lawsuit was filed last week in the Superior Court of DeKalb County. ”
“The document accuses the Clarkston government of unlawfully halting progress on a proposed missionary center by not approving a permit allowing the SBC entity to demolish two uninhabitable homes from the early 1900s located on property that it owns.”
“NAMB, the domestic missions agency of the SBC, owns the Clarkston International Bible Church and seeks to build a massive Send Relief ministry center that will be spread out across four blocks and include spaces for missionary housing, a medical center, parking, a gym, and training center. ”
“According to Baptist Press, NAMB purchased the congregation’s property in May 2018 as part of a partnership to replace the church’s aging buildings. ”
The historic church became the first of NAMB’s seven new Send Relief ministry centers.
According to its website, Send Relief aims to provide resources, training experiences and events to help churches engage in relief work for those in crisis. The Send Relief center in Clarkston will focus on providing aid to “refugees and internationals.”
KEVIN EZELL FEAR MONGERING ?
“In its lawsuit, NAMB stated that it seeks to build the campus in Clarkston because of the towns’ large refugee population.”
“In an interview with The Christian Index, Ezell warned that actions such as those taken by the Clarkston City Council should be of concern to churches everywhere. ”
“We own property and … to retroactively do this violates our basic rights,” Ezell was quoted as saying. “This is not only to protect our property but others. It could affect other churches. Who’s to say where it can stop?”
CLARKSTON MAYOR THE NAMB ALLY FROM QUEER EYE FOR THE STRAIGHT GUY
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“The public official was first elected in 2013 at just 30 years old, the youngest mayor in the history of Clarkston, Georgia, the Ellis Island of the South. But his wrinkled flannelsand tattered Converse shoes didn’t impress his older constituents.”
“So Terry appeared on season two of Queer Eye, Netflix’s reboot of the mid-2000s makeover show hosted by five gay men. The Fab Five mentored the “hipster mayor” on public speaking, hosting dinner parties, and keeping his resistance beard moisturized at all times.”
“NAMB Clarkston Refugee involvement began in 2017 “In effect, NAMB will take away the church’s microphone and give it a megaphone to train others in mercy/compassion ministries.”
“The City of Clarkston appreciates that recognition by the Southern Baptist Convention. In some ways it is tracking right alongside the church with its unwavering acceptance of refugees and immigrants.”
Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry affirms Clarkston International Bible Church’s historic outreach to the refugee community and for standing by the group during the national debate. CITY OF CLARKSTON/Special
On February 7 – the same day NAMB trustees tentatively approved the partnership – the Clarkston City Council passed a proclamation reaffirming the town as a welcoming place of refuge to its ever-growing refugee and immigrant population. Read the document here.
“We want to say, once again, that Clarkston loves refugees and we very much remain a compassionate and welcoming city. We are proud to be a part of such a blessed community of neighbors,” Terry told The Index.
“The document was passed in the wake of a recent national ban on immigration signed as an Executive Order by President Donald Trump. The 90-day ban caused chaos at airports internationally, resulted in protests around the world, and was suspended by the nation’s judicial syst due to a lack of detail on how the order was to be enforced.”
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MUSLIMS HAVE THEIR OWN WELCOME CENTER IN ATLANTA AREA SINCE 1089
Muslim presence in Clarkston SINCE 1989. From the Mosque and Muslim Center website
“Masjid Al-Momineen was established in 1989 in a rented 4 bedroom house on Church Street in Clarkston – by Divine Providence and generous donations from a group of 100 Afghan immigrants residing mostly in and around the city of Clarkston. Soon other Muslims from Pakistan and the Indian subcontinent joined the community followed by refugees from war stricken Iraq, Kurdistan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. At that time, there were fewer than 7 other mosques in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Over time, Muslims from many other countries of the world including Myanmar and Syria came in to make Clarkston the biggest international Muslim community in Atlanta. “
“Our goal has been to build a place of worship that serves as the community center for a diverse group of immigrant and local Muslims representing over 30 countries; to build a beautiful landmark in the city of Clarkston which hosts expats from no fewer than 70 countries; to build a place where Clarkston and neighboring residents could convene and to build bridges of understanding and love towards other fellow human beings and to celebrate the diversity of the city and the congregation of Masjid Al-Momineen; to construct not just a building but a center for human networking, promotion of family values, free education for all but specifically for the girls and for the underprivileged, and to build a youth center that advances athleticism, diversity, talent development, and community engagement.”
“With the Grace of Allah SWT, and generous donations from metro Atlanta Muslims and even partially from other areas, we have finally achieved the first part of our goal of building a beautiful landmark. We now turn our focus on the real work! Let us begin by making sincere Du’as. Let us come together to make the new facility a true center of positive human interaction dedicated to promotion of worshipping God and servicing mankind.”
While feeding at the FEMA trough of public funding The SBC/ NAMB /Ezell still appear to be concerned about problems with further opportunities to cash in with Muslim Human Migration marketed as Muslim Refugee Resettlement .The problems were caused by the Trump administration’s immigration and border security standards. Never mind that these are among some of the Presidents most publicly supported policies.
President Trump immigration policies and reforms limiting refugee numbers is a big issues for NAMB/ World Vision / World Relief and other organizations who have partnered with the Obama Administrations Muslim Migration /open borders policies.
Trump looks to be getting in the way of NAMB and these other organizations pot of gold at the end of the Faith Based Immigration Rainbow.
MORE ON THE SBC ANTI TRUMP POLITICS HERE:
ANTI-TRUMP NEO-EVANGELICALS PACKAGE NOVEMBER 2020 AS GOSPEL ISSUE
“Anti-Trump Neo-Evangelicals Package November 2020 As Gospel Issue with Host Brannon Howse & Guest Tom Littleton ”
NAMB/ Ezell are already in the midst of a a lawsuit which is protest to both centralizing of controls by Ezell and NAMB officals and bully /intimidation tactics to force State level NAMB officials to comply with the centralized demands.
News Report Collection: McRaney vs. NAMB/Ezell & Several Court Filings
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: NO SOUTHERN BAPTIST PRESS HAS REPORTED ON THIS LAWSUIT NO DOUBT BECAUSE NAMB FUNDS THE BAPTIST PRESS .
NAMB PARTNERSHIPS WITH GOVERNMENT AND SECULAR FUNDING HINDER THE GOSPEL
Top NAMB officials are seeking to centralize power against the bylaws of the SBC and the Cooperative Program over which NAMB is given shared cooperation with State offices. Is the effort to centralize control in part driven by the need for secrecy and the expansion of NAMB’s faith based partnerships / FEMA centers and Muslim Immigration focus? Time will tell and so will the current legal challenges as they play out.
Meanwhile growing calls for TRANSPARENCY and ACCOUNTABILITY are going unheeded by Kevin Ezell and NAMB national offices.
NAMB / SEND RELIEF CENTERS are in full blown partnership with government and include opportunities for secular and private donors . These are problematic in the short and long term since the Federal and State funding guidelines actually forbid ministry in any Faith Based funded programs in the name of protecting non-establishment clauses AND “non-discrimination” demands. Being yoked with Government funding/ tax dollars adds many such restrictions.
see article 17 in the archived guidelines – https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/faith+based+ministry+forbidden/KtbxLwGgGnmrdKqqDCHKKMBSRpPWxDDGzg
Most private Foundations and many corporate board room are driven by political ideologies and certainly by political correctness and progressive “discrimination ” appearances and imagery. They will not fund NAMB or Send Relief to preach the Gospel and minister beyond the bounds of “seeking common ground for the common good /humanitarian aid. So for NAMB to market their activities as Gospel ministry and home missions is far from honest. The rush back in to Puerto Rico looks to be far more facilitated and motivated by FEMA funds than by a desire to spread the Gospel.
NAMB stats on the over 760,000 meals provided, nearly 100,000 man hours invested in Puerto Rico vs the 1510 opportunities to share the Gospel on some level in the Maria recovery effort are shameful. According to their own reports 115 people came to faith in Christ. These numbers prove major problems exist with the entire NAMB/ Send Relief Centers and crisis response.
The missing ingredient would be the presence of the Holy Spirit and the motivations would likely be the single biggest factor in His absence.
5 “But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the [a]Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
12 “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.”
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