Pastor Peter Bur
"Connecting With and Serving Refugees and Immigrants in Your Community”
Countries in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia are home to many people who remain unreached with the gospel. Security, hostility, and general resistance limit Christian outreach efforts in these countries. The current refugee situation creates an opportunity for many churches in the United States. Refugees are coming into the United States and settling in our own communities and cities, and many have never interacted with Christians or heard the gospel message. Pastor Matt Vogt supports a ministry in Las Vegas serving refugees from North Africa. Pastor Peter Bur serves refugees from his home country, South Sudan. Mary Flynn is the refugee resettlement program supervisor at Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest. Dana Kirchoff is the communications director at Divine Savior Academy in Doral, Florida. These panel members will share examples of Christians in Las Vegas, Omaha, Wisconsin, and Miami who are reaching out and serving refugees by showing and sharing Christ’s love for them. We hope you walk away from this session with ideas for reaching out to refugees in your community informed with a better understanding of the resettlement process and needs of refugees when they first come to the United States.
Pastor Peter Bur serves a group of forty South Sudanese at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Omaha, NE. In 2015 he was called to serve as the Coordinator of South Sudanese Ministry for the mission field in North America and to the South Sudanese refugees in Africa.