Pastor Matt Vogt
"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 Matt Vogt is the pastor of Water of Life Lutheran Church in Las Vegas, NV, where he has served since its founding in 1997. Serving in such a diverse multi-cultural city as is Las Vegas has given him a great deal of exposure to people of other cultures. In addition to the simple fact that his congregation has served people of over a dozen different cultural backgrounds, Matt took Pastor Taesang Kim through his seminary training and has been very involved in Korean ministry for almost ten years. For the past four years Matt also has been the lead trainer for Pastor Isaac David (a refugee immigrant from Liberia) and coordinator for the Las Vegas African Refugee/Immigrant ministry, which currently consists of refugees from over a dozen countries. This ministry has an active refugee welcome program called the “Joseph Project.” In his role as the AZ-CA District Mission Board Chairman, Matt is also involved in Hispanic and Hmong cross-cultural ministries.