Posts Tagged ‘storybook project’

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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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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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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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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Caves and Cages: Memories of Myanmar

Cover illustration for Caves and Cages

Follow the story of Naw Unity Ba as she retraces memories from her village in Myanmar to refugee camps in Thailand, and finally to Amarillo, where she and her family reside today. Your purchase of this book will help support the ongoing work of producing bilingual stories in minority languages across various refugee communities in Amarillo.

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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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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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Table Talk Resumes Sep 2

Beginning Thursday, September 2, we will meet on Thursday evenings at Crossroads Church to hear these stories as we honor refugee cultures.

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