“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”
Regardless where we call “home” here on earth, Christians understand that we are all strangers here. All humanity, every single person of every nationality and culture, share one thing in common: we have all sinned against God. We have all been displaced by sin from the paradise we once enjoyed and were intended for. Without God’s gracious intervention and salvation given to us freely in the death and resurrection of His only Son, Jesus Christ, we would have been lost forever. The Good News for all humanity is that God has not left us as strangers. He here in the flesh, in His Son, Jesus Christ, and lived as a stranger among His own people, died for us, and rose again so that we would be welcomed home once again into the presence of God through faith in what Christ has done for us. When we see strangers amongst us, we see ourselves, we see the love of God in Jesus for all people.
“I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.”
– Jesus (Matthew 25:35)
When you invest yourself in caring for strangers, you participate in the heart and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. There are not special qualifications, only a humble heart and a love for all of God’s people. You can have a huge IMMPACT by:
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Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,
for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Reverend Adefris “Eddie” Mekasha
Pastor Eddie was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Eddie and his family immigrated to the US in 2002, and has bee engaged with immigrant outreach ever since. Pastor Eddie serves on staff at St. Mark Lutheran Church of Omaha. Visit our website for Pastor Eddie’s full biography.
Reverend Eric Jay
Though not an immigrant, Pastor Jay is not a native Nebraskan. Originally from Southern California, Pastor Jay accepted the call to St. Mark Lutheran Church in 2017 and serves as the Senior Pastor and Director of Ministries.
IMMPACT is a ministry of St. Mark Lutheran Church of Omaha.
Main Office: 402-391-6148
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Address: 1821 N. 90th Street • Omaha, NE 68114