Refugee Spotlights

Language Connections

Last weekend our Executive Director Dr. Ryan Pennington traveled to Louisville to celebrate the dedication of the Gospel of Luke into Kinyamulenge.  Quick language/geography lesson for you here: Kinyamulenge is the language spoken by the Banyamulenge, a minority ethnic group in the DRC who is historically from areas that today are in Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Their…

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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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Not hard to imagine

An interview with artist Josh Van Thang about his work for the upcoming book “A Long and Weary Road”

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Karen Exhibit at DHDC

We are thrilled to announce that our local science museum – The Don Harrington Discovery Center – has just opened the first of what promises to be a series of exhibits highlighting different ethnic groups that call Amarillo home.  Don’t miss your chance to experience an immersive exhibit highlighting the music, food, traditions, and agricultural contributions of the…

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Naw Paw’s Story

Some of you may remember reading in a past newsletter about Naw Paw and our Storybook Project. We are now in the final stages of editing and back translating her story into Karen before sending everything to the printer. We were surprised when her husband presented us with beautiful illustrations (pictured above) to accompany her story, and are…

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An Education in Grace

A picture of Grace

Grace Kayesu is a 26-year-old Congolese woman from Uganda. Along with her 8 siblings, Grace came to the US in August of 2021 after losing her parents in Africa.  When she was resettled in Amarillo, Grace was interested in going to college, but was told she should focus instead on getting a job at JBS, a…

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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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