When hearts ache over another person’s pain, it is a miracle; heart ache is one way that God connects us and makes healing possible. In the Twin Cities, hearts are aching over our country’s broken immigration system and how our government is treating global neighbors in crisis. What is God building out of this heart ache?
In August 2019, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) churchwide assembly voted to become a sanctuary church body, publicly declaring that “walking alongside immigrants and refugees is a matter of faith.” Before this declaration was made, the Holy Spirit had already been stirring a vision in the Twin Cities for a new ministry called Hostel for Seeking Souls, with a mission to share God’s radical hospitality among global neighbors. In September, the church gathered its prayers, energy and resources around the possibility of this mission, and approved a mission exploration: a six-month period of prayer, networking, research and discernment to wonder what miracle of connection and healing God might be building out of this heartache and how we as the church are being called to join.
Here’s the dream: one mission of sharing God’s radical hospitality among global neighbors lived out in three organizational expressions: a local community of faith sharing space with a short-term housing ministry for asylum seekers and a mission-driven business. Our dream is to cultivate a mutually enriching and multi-cultural community of established Minnesotans and new-comers gathered by Jesus, finding healing and freedom together. We invite you to join us in listening to the Spirit’s leadership and asking whether God will make a ministry in this shape possible.
We invite you to join us by praying for God’s guidance as we discern how we as church are called to walk alongside asylum seekers and established Minnesotans. What might our holy heartache lead us to do? Stay up to date by joining our mailing list. If this vision enlivens your heart, please reach out to us; we’d love to connect!