Legacy Mission Village, a 501(3)(c) non-profit Christian mission organization located in Nashville that is committed to helping legal refugees in Middle Tennessee, raised $25,914 recently at their annual Night of Celebration Fundraising Banquet at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brentwood.
But the group still needs to raise $74,086 between now and year-end to take full advantage of a dollar for dollar grant to secure their operating budget for the coming year of 2019.
Legacy Mission Village, founded by Rwandan refugee William Mwizerwa of Brentwood, serves refugees from all areas of the globe, including Asia, Africa, and South America helping them assimilate into U.S. society through adult English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, Kindergarten readiness programs for young children, after-school tutoring, citizenship classes, and much more.
Tax-deductible donations to assist in reaching the financial goal can be made here.
Grammy winning singer/songwriter John Berry, who recorded and released the title song to the movie “Beautifully Broken,” was featured at the recent fundraiser. The movie tells the story of the Mwizerwa family, who lived through the horrific genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda where nearly one million people were killed in just one hundred days – including their parents and most members of their extended families. By the grace of God, the Mwizerwa family survived the killings, becoming refugees themselves before eventually settling in Brentwood and founding Legacy Mission Village. The movie was released nationwide in August 2018, and will be available on DVD starting December 4.
“By grace of God, my family and I survived the genocide. God brought us to America and surrounded us with wonderful and generous friends. We really can’t express how grateful we are for your love and your impact on our lives,” Mwizerwa said. “Loving a stranger, bring back his dignity and healing him from wounds of war and injustice, get him a new life is the best Christ like thing to do. That is why I view my time here on earth as a loan from God and His people. I intend to live the rest of my days repaying that loan by doing good to others. My family and I are dedicated to serve refugees and we thank you for working on our side and supporting us to change their lives.”
Legacy Mission Village Chairman Randy Hartley said the refugees the group serves have endured much.
“Most of them have had to endure 10 years or more in refugee camps, unable to return to their homes due to ethic, religious or political strife,” he said. “And yet when you talk to them, they have nothing but gratitude for the opportunity they have been given.”
John Berry said that helping Legacy Mission Village meet their financial goal “is a great way we can help them continue to be the hands and feet of Jesus.”