HISTORY & MISSION
Temple of Refuge is a local church with a global vision. This vision was given by God to Pastor Joseph so he could fulfill his destiny as missionary of God. To understand this vision one must understand that this is not a typical run-of-the-mill church, rather it is a ministry. This means that everyone who is a member of this church must work equally as hard as the head pastor to fulfill the role of the church in the community. As a church we must spread the gospel and speak of the wondrous works of our Lord and Savior: Jesus Christ. But the true basis of our belief is worship. When asked, an average teenager who attends this church regularly would say, “Temple of Refuge is a place where God is glorified, the saints are edified, and the enemy is terrified,” the emphasis, of course, being on God being glorified. We believe (and we strongly accentuate this belief) that worshiping God takes precedent over all other things. In his sermon on August 11, 2013, Pastor Joseph said, “we can forget to do all other things, but we cannot forget to worship God.” Well, Pastor Joseph definitely holds true to this belief. At temple of refuge we worship through song for about 30 min to an hour, and we do “lip worship” for about half an hour in total. This is more than the time allocated to preaching the Sunday sermon. However, since we only have two hours to complete our service in our temporary place of worship, one can understand why it would be unfeasible to cut down our time of worship. This may not be what most people are used to doing in a Sunday morning service, but after a while you get the natural flow of how things work at Temple of Refuge.
As was previously mentioned, Temple of Refuge understands its responsibilities to the community. That is why evangelization is stressed. On August 4, 2013, members of Temple of Refuge went around the neighborhood to introduce our ministry. Our goal was, and still is, to reach out to the people to let them know that we are here and willing to be available in every aspect to the community. We wish to reach out to young people and old people alike to preach the gospel and invite them into our temple to worship with us. Our ultimate goal is to reach out across the globe and continue to do what we intend to do in the community on a global scale. Here at Temple of Refuge we do not think small, but dream big. We plan to expand and do what God has asked of us so that we can help a plethora of souls gain entry to the kingdom of God.
By Romerlyns Alberic