Program Spotlights

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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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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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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Storybooks Sneak Preview

Last year we published 2 bilingual storybooks in Karen. This year we are planning on publishing several more, including our first Persian and Kinyamulenge stories along with another one in Karen. We already have the illustrations for two of the books and are working on editing and translating now. If you didn’t purchase books last year and…

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Table Talk is changing…

Perhaps the biggest development comes in the form of Table Talk changing names, format and management. Table Talk is now The Community Table and will be run by The PLACE. It will still be at The PLACE on Tuesday nights from 6-8 with a shared potluck meal. However, due to the growth of that program and the large numbers of…

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John McMeans – Director of Church Engagement and Business Development

Meet our newest staff member! John has been involved with RLP as a mentor since Afghans first started arriving in Amarillo last year. He jumped in to learning Pashto, the language spoken by the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan once he started meeting with a group of men who had been placed in Amarillo after being…

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