A world you want to live in

When Kabul fell to the Taliban in late 2021, Mohammad (pictured) was in Slovakia training to be a pilot for the Afghan Air Force. Within days, his unit was thrust into the overwhelming flow of Afghan refugees onto American military bases. Later, he was among the hundreds who were resettled in Amarillo, Texas. Mohammad’s knowledge of both the Dari and Pashto languages, alongside his command of English, enabled him to quickly become a successful contract interpreter for RLP. Mohammad enjoys serving the Afghan community with his language ability, especially when it means he gets to deliver good news, like when he helped Amarillo Public Health provide critical medications to Afghans with diabetes, high blood pressure, and latent TB. After so much destruction and despair, Mohammad is eager to bring hope. As one of our key interpreters, he serves as a crucial bridge between RLP and community partners.

In November, we received a call from Eastridge Elementary asking for help supporting a large Afghan family who had just arrived with a lot of needs. Rather than attempting to solve the problem with our small team, we mobilized a local church to address the family’s needs more holistically. The congregation of Southwest Church of Christ assembled furniture in their home, and later brought them to their clothing closet to clothe the entire family. What a beautiful picture of what the Church is meant to be: members of the body working together with their various gifts to bring hope and healing to sojourners. And all of this was made possible because Mohammad was there, ensuring that this precious family understood what was happening.

This is what partnership means to us. It was the school who knew the needs first. It was the Church who mobilized servant-hearted people to act at the right time. It was the Health Department that ensured they had the medications needed to thrive. It was Catholic Charities who provided case workers to process paperwork so the family could receive benefits from the government. And in the midst of it all was Mohammad, a bridge-builder with a heart of gold. It is not RLP’s burden to distribute food and clothing, or to build furniture. Instead, it is our vision to use language as a doorway to welcome displaced people by connecting them with the partners who are most equipped for those things. It is then that relationships are sparked with displaced people, and flourishing springs up across our community, all for the glory of God. Doesn’t that sound like a world you want to live in?

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