Snacks, Security Tags, and Sam’s Club

This blog was originally posted in August 2014. John has added a quick update on Palash and his family at the end of this post. We met Palash, Dawa and their family through Lutheran Social Services in November of 2014. They came to the US after having lived in a Nepali refugee camp for over 20 years. Their son Gopal was born there and Dawa had only seen life outside the camp for 1 year. They spoke no English and had no idea what I meant when I told them (demonstrated to them) that the winters in Sioux Falls would be very cold!!! The family is of Bhutanese descent but had been relocated, for several reasons, as refugees to neighboring Nepal. With little physical resources [...]

By | 2017-09-05T20:04:57+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Categories: Learn and Apply|Tags: |

Pray: Refugees

My earliest memory of being aware of refugees even existing simply involves sitting in a living room with a family I couldn’t talk to (because we didn’t speak the same language), and being served my first cup of Turkish coffee in a beautiful, tiny demitasse cup. I was about 16, and I had no idea what this family had experienced or how they had landed in a town near me. I still don’t, not specifically. But they changed my life with their hospitality, at a time when my world was very small. Over time, God has provided more and more touch points for me with refugee families. Opportunities to help set up apartments, welcome families, and walk with them for a time. Opportunities to hear [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:13:00+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Categories: Pray, Learn and Apply, Focusing on the Vulnerable|Tags: , , |

Reflections on Christmas and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love and The Light of the World With Advent candle lit, I sink comfortably into the corner of my sofa. A sip of coffee warms the room, soothing my nose with pumpkin spice. Wrapped in security, the blanket snuggles my chin, as I read the morning’s devotion. I am comfortable, safe and warm, and so are my children. My imagination conjures up a different setting, facing war and devastation. In Jordan, where I was just a month ago, I remember gazing across the skyline from the rooftop of a three-story church building. I could see the mountains of Syria on the horizon, a place of torment for millions and still home for many living in fear. HOPE: The First Week of [...]

By | 2017-09-05T20:12:09+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: Learn and Apply|Tags: , , , |
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