Today there are hundreds of Karen who have been touched by the congregation of Five Oaks. Their small groups have an incredible furniture ministry, run by lay leaders, which assist the majority of new Karen arrivals in the St. Paul area with needed furniture, household and kitchen items. Volunteers help set up new apartments for arriving refugee families and help with rent costs. A member of their church serves on the board of the Karen community organization.
Five Oaks church exemplifies a commitment to helping the poor who are among them. They continue to change the world for hundreds of Karen people living in St. Paul by giving to those in need. But this church has also been transformed through the friendships they have made within this community and the bigger picture they now have of what God is doing in the world. As Christians, we are called to transform the world by living out the Kingdom of God here and now. Can we change the world through little things?