Editor’s note: The name of the Nashville resident who works with Middle Eastern refugees overseas has been changed for her protection.
IMB news office
NASHVILLE — Meeting a refugee at a community center in Nashville helped set the trajectory where Evie Tucker finds herself today, working among Middle Eastern refugees in a community center overseas.
Nashville, Tucker’s hometown, is home to the largest population of refugees from one Middle Eastern people group. Many of the refugees live in one section of town that has become a refugee resettlement location.
Tusculum Hills Baptist Church is located in this part of town, and before moving overseas, Tucker taught at an English as a second language center located in the church.
Tucker, a missionary with the International Mission Board, said there are 91 different people groups in Middle Tennessee and there are between 30 to 40 unreached people groups represented in a one-mile radius of the church. She recalls hearing how Tusculum Hills began praying for the Lord’s direction and how they could be involved in reaching their neighbors.
The Lord answered by directing them to open their facilities for ESL classes. Tucker’s home church, Forest Hills Baptist Church in Nashville and Nashville First Baptist Church partner with Tusculum Hills to minister to refugees.
At the ESL center, Tucker met a woman who shared her story of fleeing her country, living in a refugee camp for five years, losing her husband in the camp and her difficult journey to the U.S. [Read more…]