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Dancing and Lament

Celebrating the release of our first Dari storybook and a new exhibit at the Don Harrington Discovery Center with the Afghan community.

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Back from the Drawing Board

We’ve spent the last several months refining our strategic vision, and we’re putting into action some new ways of connecting displaced people with friendly faces in our community. This e-newsletter has 3 videos you can watch that detail ways to get involved! First up is our Executive Director, Dr. Ryan Pennington sharing our updated vision and mission……

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Field Trip to AMOA

Thousand year old sandstone sculptures from Cambodia, color reduction woodcut and letterpress prints on handmade paper, wool rugs from Turkey, oil paintings and photographs from a collector…All of these artworks were on display at the Amarillo Museum of Art on Wednesday when we took a group of 7 students from our book club and ESL…

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We 💙 our RLP family!

RLP has shifted and flexed over the years as we’ve listened, learned and responded to the needs in our community, but our heart has always remained the same – using language as a doorway to welcome displaced people for the flourishing of the community and the glory of God. So many of you have been…

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Field Trip to AMOA

Thousand year old sandstone sculptures from Cambodia, color reduction woodcut and letterpress prints on handmade paper, wool rugs from Turkey, oil paintings and photographs from a collector…All of these artworks were on display at the Amarillo Museum of Art on Wednesday when we took a group of 7 students from our book club and ESL classes for…

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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…

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The Panhandle Gives – WOW!

Thank you, friends, for those of you who took the time to give during The Panhandle Gives campaign! Our goal was $30,000 and we raised 117% of that goal! Amplification funds are still being totaled, but that will be additional cash that we wouldn’t have gotten had you not so generously given over those 9 days. If…

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Language is a Doorway

In the poem Gate A-4 by Naomi Shihab Nye, we read the beautiful story of a woman who uses language and human connection to clear away the fog of miscommunication and isolation. Go read it. What happens after the cloud is shooed away? Beauty unfolds. People connect, and relationships, food and joy are shared by strangers. The…

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The Next Chapter

Recently, we started a book club with some of our ESL students using a fantastic book from Gemma Literacy that we learned about at the Literacy Texas conference. We have a small group of women that meet each Wednesday for tea and coffee, and read the next chapter of a book together to improve their English skills. Our first book…

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