We are dedicated to working as a team to help both our existing communities and our arriving friends focus on living Godly lives. We encourage a spirit of community and cooperation between refugees and local citizens as both groups work together to help refugees integrate into American society. We endeavor to break down prejudices, educate, integrate, connect, and grow together so that we may all find “the straight path”. Establishing AMFA in Chattanooga has been an immense faith-building experience for our team of leaders and volunteers. We have had to learn from our mistakes. If there is anything we can do to help you in your AMFA journey, please contact us!
NAD AMR dIRECTOR
Social Services Liaison
Each member of our team has experienced a different journey in life. We all believe, though, that God has led each of us to this point, specifically for us to remind our brothers and sisters of the importance of following God and living according to His will.
In John 3:17-18 it says, "But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth."
And in Sura 76:8-9 it reads, “(The righteous are those) who feed the poor, the orphan and the captive for the love of God, saying: ‘We feed you for the sake of God Alone; we seek from you neither reward nor thanks.”
If we call ourselves followers of God, how can we not open our hearts to those who need friends--especially in the world's current state of political affairs. Also, if we truly believe in the second coming of Jesus/Isa, should we not also remember his words in Matthew?
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Master, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And He will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:37-40)
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."
- Melody Beattie
"I grew up in West Africa as an MK (missionary kid). Coming back to the USA, one of the hardest things for me was the self-centeredness I encountered. I struggled a lot. How was I supposed to not get lost in the "whats best for me" world I was entering? I would go to gatherings and hear people talk about how we should treat others, how we could change the world?-- about those "poor starving children in Africa"? But, rarely was there any "action" associated with the "talk" to actually make a difference. I would watch my friends stand up during alter calls, make promises, and the next day go back to life as normal.... Their promise forgotten. I decided then, that my daily prayer would be that God would use me to make a difference in the people I encountered on a daily basis... and that He would remind me daily that I needed to keep that promise and NEVER forget. Insha Allah!" ~Melissa Giebel
Below is a music video that Melissa says reminds her daily about the promises we make and forget....
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