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Prayer and the Missions of Marc & Kim Wyatt

Posted by Patrick Carmichael on

Marc and Kim Wyatt have been CBF Field Personnel/Missionaries since 1996. First Baptist has been supporting the Wyatt’s for almost 5 years. Marc and Kim made a promise to FBC when they became partners: To teach the refugee/international hospitality ministry so that there could be a Welcome House in Knoxville.  After teaching about refugee/international hospitality at a TN CBF missions collective at First Baptist Knoxville in February of 2018, this promise has come full circle with the chartering of the non-profit called Welcome House Knoxville. Welcome House Knoxville is currently in the process of securing a correctly zoned house to operate Welcome House.  There is currently an FBC Knoxville member on the board and several others have been involved in the visioning process for Welcome House Knoxville. –Patrick Carmichael

Ministry Purpose:

The ministry of welcome and hospitality toward refugees and immigrant peoples continues to be the foundation of bearing witness to Jesus Christ in collaboration with churches and community organizations. The years spent serving alongside local churches in three of Canada’s largest cities saw a movement of 12 temporary housing and outreach ministries called Matthew Houses.

Following 15 years on mission in Canada CBF posted the Wyatt’s in the Research Triangle which wraps North Carolina’s capital region. The fall of 2015 saw the birth of the first of 7 temporary housing and community outreach ministries in NC.

The ministry of welcome and hospitality toward refugees and immigrant peoples continues to be the foundation of bearing witness to Jesus Christ in collaboration with churches and community organizations. The years spent serving alongside local churches in three of Canada’s largest cities saw a movement of 12 temporary housing and outreach ministries called Matthew Houses.

Following 15 years on mission in Canada CBF posted the Wyatt’s in the Research Triangle which wraps North Carolina’s capital region. The fall of 2015 saw the birth of the first of 7 temporary housing and community outreach ministries in NC. Welcome House Raleigh was followed by Welcome House Wilmington (summer 2016), Hope House Durham (spring 2017), Welcome House Winston-Salem (fall 2017), Welcome House Fayetteville (fall 2017), Welcome House Knoxville (Winter 2018) and Welcome House Chapel Hill (spring 2019).

How do you put prayer first in this ministry?

The ministry is wrapped in prayer. We have a national prayer network that prays with us and for us. Locally we have a prayer team. In addition, we look to our Encourager Churches like FBC Knoxville who partner with us to keep us close in their thoughts and prayers.

What is a recent story or stories where a prayer or prayers have been answered for your ministry or for someone within your ministry?  

Excerpt from an email to Pastor of Monument Heights Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia, a partner congregation.

Hello Pastor Randy,  

We want to thank you and the church for praying for us and others serving in North America. Your prayers are being answered. Please give our greetings and love to the Beloved MHBC Family. We miss ya’ll!

We are receiving an unusually large number of sponsored refugees at this time. Today I helped transport two families (8 members each) from the airport to their first American apartments. All that these vulnerable one’s own in the whole world fit in the back of my pick-up truck. They are starting from zero but joyful to be safe at last!

One of these families is related to a family who were our guests at Welcome House last month. Their reunion filled my heart; each one hugging the other as if they had been rescued from a desert island after being lost at sea.

That scene is playing out over and over right now among those we serve.  We are in the middle of receiving 39 refugees in 10 days. That means furnishing many apartments with lightly used household items donated by folks like you and churches like MHBC. Whew! We are sleeping well at night.

Tomorrow a man from Afghanistan, Mujib, who has become a Christian while with us and an Iranian man named Mostafa are moving out of Welcome House and into their own homes. Prayers for them requested.

Thursday we will receive a family of 9 to Welcome House and a single man from Syria. They leave on the 14th and later that night another family of 9 from the Congo will move in. It’s incredible really all that’s involved with these arrivals and departures. Prayers for them, the volunteers helping in so many ways and all the stuff needing to be collected and set up to make their homes is appreciated.

Finally, we met with a group of leaders from a Chapel Hill Church last night. They own a house and are asking us how to do a Welcome House. Please pray for them as they discern God’s will on this important ministry of welcome and hospitality. If they choose to join us it would mean three WH in the Research Triangle and 7 in the WH Community Network. God is calling churches to open their homes and hearts to his great rescue and restoration plan. Thanks be to God!

You are a good friend to us and to the refugees and immigrants your church serves, Pastor. Thank you for your leadership and encouragement to us and to your people. Praying for you as you work tirelessly too. The Kingdom is coming!!!!

Peace to you,

Marc and Kim

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