Neighbors of MN
Tom

 

“I have had some special and meaningful relationships with refugees that have had a lasting impacted on me.


I have had some special and meaningful relationships with refugees that have had a lasting impacted on me.


I was able to travel to Lebanon a few years ago and visit Syrian refugee camps. This experience opened my eyes to the drastic situation that so many refugees face. In the U.S., I was able to experience a little bit of what it’s like to walk alongside a newly arrived refugee family as a church team through Arrive Ministries’ Refugee Life Ministries program.

As the owner of Bell Lumber & Pole, I am primarily influenced by my faith and God’s Word. Our company mission is to radically love and impact lives. Generosity is such a large part of our mission. We even hired a stewardship manager to help shape the company’s giving.


Generosity is such a large part of our mission.


We got connected to Arrive because it meets a couple of our key metrics for giving. We like Arrive’s model of mobilizing volunteers through the local church to support refugees. And they are doing a good job of Godly stewardship, doing a lot with a little.

Our company’s focus on giving is highly informed by Matthew 25 and Isaiah 58. In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about the least of these and how he was treated when he was a stranger. To me, that resonated with how we treat refugees in our community. Isaiah 58 talks about “satisfying the needs of the oppressed” and it is evident that most refugees are facing oppression.

It is so awesome to be a part of a company that truly lives out its mission to radically impact lives. Giving is rolled into Bell’s business model and structure.


I want people to see our generosity at Bell and give credit solely to God.


Giving is one way to allow others to taste and see that God is good! We want to be excellent in the work we do, so we are able to help our employees, surrounding communities and international neighbors.

One of my favorite verses is 1 Corinthians 3:7, “neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” I want people to see our generosity at Bell and give credit solely to God.”