The Poison of Resentment

Matthew 6:9-15 [Jesus said to his disciples:] Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors
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Free Swim Lessons For Refugee Children

Lutheran South initiative began following the drowning of immigrant Henry Manu The Lutheran South High School girls swim team has partnered with Christian Friends of New Americans to provide free swim lessons to refugee children in St. Louis. The initiative was inspired after the deat
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English as a Second Language

The CFNA English ministry has been growing during the past several months. We have added class topics in multiple levels, welcomed many new students and thankfully, many new volunteers as well. Last year our Saturday classes averaged 5-10 students.  This year it has been 15-20 student
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Ageena Hass

CFNA Volunteer of the Month For most of the past four years, Ageena has served as a CFNA volunteer, assisting with ESL classes, and with the Health and Wellness Screening program.  Here she shares her observations and reflections. In July of 2013, my son, John, and I were visiting fri
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Reliant Church at CFNA

“We are loved in Christ Jesus, and therefore sent into the world” is a key teaching instilled into church members by the pastors at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church. In keeping with this emphasis, the city campus of Christ Memorial, – Reliant Church, – reached out to CFNA to identify a
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Love Your Enemies

Matthew 5:43-48 [Jesus said:] You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven… For if you love those who love yo
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Dr. Nhung Tran

Volunteer of the Month Editor’s Note: Dr. Nhung Tran, together with her husband and two children, fled Vietnam as refugees in 1975.  Two and a half years ago she relocated to St. Louis to be near one of her adult children.  Here is her story. I am a retired physician.  In 1975 I came
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Valentine’s Day Party

Editor’s Note:  In December the National Honor Society students at Lutheran High School South provided gifts for several recently arrived Syrian refugee families.  Here, Riley Schelp shares how they reached out once again, this time to provide a Valentine’s Day party for the after sch
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Health and Wellness

Ten times a year, CFNA hosts a health and wellness screening for refugees and immigrants. We were blessed to have 42 clients, 9 translators, 10 registrars, 4 practitioners, 3 drivers, and 1 devotion leader at the January 7 screening! Of course, the health screening serves to introduce
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