When we first arrived in St. Paul, we were warmly welcomed and supported by the First Baptist Church (FBC). In the beginning, we joined the worship service of First Baptist Church. However, because of the language barrier most of the Karen people did not understand the sermons given in English. Since language became an obstacle, we started discussing the issue with the pastor and deacons of FBC and requested an option of worshipping in the Karen language. The pastor and other leaders of the church sincerely accepted our request and provided us a room to be used as a worship space. This became the founding of a new congregation named “Karen International Gospel Fellowship.” We felt we were so blessed that we could worship in our own language and receive full support from the pastor of First Baptist.
Four years later, the Karen population in St. Paul increased and the number of our congregation also increased. We no longer fit into the room that FBC had provided us. We had no choice but to look for a new worship place. We kept praying every day asking God to provide for us a new space. A few months later, God answered our prayers and we were able to secure a worship space in the basement of 1159 Selby Ave., St. Paul for $1000 a month in November 2005.
Five years later we have found seven and half acre of land including the Church building for sale in Oakdale city at Minnesota.
After we make the decision we all agree to submit the proposal to purchase the new Church which is located at 3000 Hadley Avenue North, in Oakdale.
The closing was scheduling on October 31st 2012.
We had started the services on Sunday the first week of November 2012.
3000 Hadley Ave N. Oakdale, MN 55128