CITY OF REFUGE MINISTRY

(Matthew 25:35-40)

Ramoth - Exalted - I am your God

Hebron - Fellowship - You are not alone

Kedesh - Righteousness - You are clean

Bezer - Fortress - You are Safe

Schechem -Shoulder - I Care for You

Golan - Joy - You are My People

The City of Refuge is our outreach ministry whose sole purpose is to create a place where Christ is exalted; people can be cleansed by the work of the Christ and experience His joy while feeling safe, cared for and not alone.

Commissioned with the re-established vision in 2012, this ministry is our domestic and foreign outreach ministry. All sub-ministries under the City of Refuge uses the commissioning text above unless otherwise noted.

 

As I have been praying about Influence, I had a definition I wrote in my journal, “Influence is a town. Your place of influence is the place you are in right now. In that place, you have an opportunity to use your voice.”

 

 

The Cities of Refuge were six Levitical towns in the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah in which the perpetrators of manslaughter could claim the right of asylum; outside of these cities, blood vengeance against such perpetrators was allowed by law.

 

The Torah names the six cities as being cities of refuge: Golan (their captivity; their rejoicing), Ramoth (heights, a place to be still, a place to be delivered), and Bosor (Bezer Beeshterah: House with increase) on the east of the Jordan River, and Kedesh (holy place, sanctuary), Shechem (back or shoulder burden or yoke), and Hebron (association the city of the friend of mercy) on the western side. Levite was set apart for service of the sanctuary and was to serve in the priesthood.

 

They were given six cities as an asylum (a place of protection given by the government to someone who left another country in order to escape being harmed; a hospital where people who are mentally ill are cared for; a place of retreat and security; refuge and protection to criminals and debtors (Numbers 35).