Refugee Spotlights

Tools We All Have

Saturday night was our first Bridge Dinner of the semester. We invited Serges Hakizimana and his delightful family to our home for a potluck meal and a chance to talk together.

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Am I Brilliant?

Naw Paw grew up in a peaceful farming village near a river in Myanmar, where her family grew rice and other seasonal foods. She has happy memories of days spent catching frogs and fish in the river for her daily meals. Like many children, she started school eagerly. Unfortunately, her education stopped abruptly in third grade when fighting broke out between the Burmese and Karen armies.

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Bridge Dinners Resume

If you want to sit down with neighbors like these, build relationships, lend an ear, and welcome the strangers among us, we have the perfect opportunity this Fall. In lieu of large Table Talk gatherings, we are planning a series of outdoor potluck Bridge Dinners at our house.

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Ties that Bind Us: Sisters and Stories

I’ve recently been able to witness two separate interviews involving three different sets of sisters. These sets of sisters—who walk through life together, enduring hardships, encouraging each other, and striving for one success together—are beautiful reminders of the treasures of having community and support in every part of the journey.

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Thaw’s Art in the News

In last month’s newsletter we shared about Thaw Klaw’s art. We were pleased to facilitate an interview with him for a feature in Amarillo Magazine. We are eager to celebrate strong leaders from refugee backgrounds! If you’re a subscriber, click here to read the article. For those of you who can’t access the story, here are…

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Celebrating a Local Artist

There are many thousands of refugees and former refugees in this city with their own unique talents. Let’s work together to celebrate them and encourage them!

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A Congolese Funeral

They are saying that death will not stop us. Every tear will be wiped away. This pain will not last. We are people of God. We do not mourn forever. Today is a day to praise God!

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From Recipient to Giver

One example of the impact of our relational approach is Samuel. This is the best story, so read it all! He came as a Congolese refugee in 2018. He was young, fatherless, untested in our cut-throat Western world, and his résumé was empty. Yet Samuel was full of ambition and hope! We connected Samuel and two other young Congolese…

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