Refugees in South St. Louis (Dutchtown)
September 8, 2021

Refugees in South St. Louis (Dutchtown)

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The International Christian Church has been launched! Every Sunday afternoon at 2pm 30-40 immigrants meet to hear a message of Hope. We are grateful to the Jubliee Church for their hospitality and partnership with Eric. Also the support of Crosspoint Church has been very effective. They have welcomed the Gakunzi family into their fellowship and partnered with them in their outreach.

Eric and Claudine Gakunzi are reaching many refugees in the Dutchtown community of South St. Louis. Being Congolese refugees themselves they understand the challenges that come with being transplanted into a new world. Through loving and serving they are bringing many to a new hope in Jesus when the world’s religions have let them down.

Engaging in this ministry is easy and rewarding. In a few weeks our middle school students will spend another Saturday visiting the homes of refugees to hear their stories, share a message of hope and to pray. We will say, “We are followers of Jesus – is it ok if we pray for you in His name?” Very rarely are we told no and even if that is the answer they are alway gracious and happy that we cared enough to listen to them. If you would like to be a part of this rewarding work please let Kevin Hamilton know at

Eric and Claudine Gakunzi
Magisha, Joshua, Hallan and Joel

“But whatever were gains to me, I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.”
Philippians 3:7