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House of refuge

Instead of expanding their parking lot, a Tennessee church takes in a Bosnian family

It seemed like a "no brainer" to Reformation Lutheran Church, Greenvilld, Tenn. The growing congregation needed more parking, and the house and lot across the street were about to be aucvtioned off. Why not buy the property for a parking lot?

But after the purchase "the light came on," says member David Parr. "We felt God would rather have us provide the house for someone in need than stripe a few more parking places."

That "someone" turned out to be a refugee family from Bosnia. The family had spent seven years as refugees in Austria after fleeing the Bosnian civil war.


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