Current needs and activities...
Praying for the Refugee Situation in
Good things are happening in the New American community. A great majority
of our friends have settled in successfully with jobs, have purchased cars,
many are moving up from crowded two bedroom into larger three bedroom
apartments. They continue to improve language skills and their children are
learning and growing. Life here is a continuum of their lives from their
country of origin; through weddings, new babies and birthdays they celebrate
another year of life in a new country; America, their new home. They are
asking about how to go about purchasing a house. They are understanding the
American dream and want that for their family. Pray for wisdom as we advise
and support their dreams!
We have welcomed our first Christian pastor
into the west end community. In the camps, “Pastor Peter” led a church of
600! He has connected with our partnering church, West End Presbyterian, and
is now leading worship services Sunday evenings in their chapel, where 60-80
are attending. Pray for this body of believers!
has imposed additional measures in the immigration application process which
sometimes slows the number of arrivals, however, the flow of refugees will
continue, creating an increasing demand upon the resettlement agencies,
congregations, and others already overburdened with providing services and
support to so many in need. Additional frustration is heaped upon families
on both sides who wait to reunite after being separated for many months.
Pray for this situation!
We celebrate the very good things that are
happening – but there are continuing struggles for many, especially those
living very close to our church, just across the Nickel Bridge and beyond to
Hull Street and Janke Road area. Public transportation is lacking, the area
is somewhat depressed commercially and breeds unease and tension. There is
less community there among those recently resettled. There are few vehicles
and many are still looking for work. There are more and more instances of
depression and other problems as families continue to struggle in their
So, what do we do? We keep on helping one person, one family at a time.
Through events like our clothing distribution we are able to show Christ’s
love in tangible ways by getting much needed clothing into their hands and
homes. Through the offering of special classes and events, as well as our
friendship, we are able to offer hope and presence that let these wonderful
people know we will continue to be there for them Pray for creative ways to
meet needs, to connect and to show we care!
Finally, we want to thank
you for continuing to support our efforts in so many ways. By donating
needed items, by the giving of your time and skills, by offering your hands
and hearts, for praying for us and our faithful volunteers, and for praying
especially for these precious people – our New American friends.