It was while I was working for Eleos Coffee House in 2012 that I met Doh Wah, a Karen refugee who had relocated to Kansas City via Thailand (pictured below). I found it beyond coincidence that God has brought us back to Kansas City after six years in Thailand while also relocating millions of SE Asians to the United States. In that first conversation with Doh Wah, spoken in the Thai language, I began to see more of the plan of God- not only for my family, but more importantly for the lives of refugees from around the world. Now, some six years later, Doh Wah is an American citizen who is looking forward to visiting family and friends in the Karen State. Refuge KC exists to welcome the refugee as our new-American neighbor so they might know. love and follow Jesus into His Kingdom!
Black Friday and Cyber Monday you know. But what is Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season when we often look to give year-end gifts to causes we believe in.
We know you have many options to give during this year-end holiday season. Would you prayerfully consider giving to Refuge KC? You can find out more about who we are and what we do here and here.
Meet Som Dahal, pictured here with new staff Tanner Smith. Som is a Nepali-Bhutanese refugee who came to the US three years ago. Som was drinking alcohol due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from his refugee experience. He was hospitalized frequently and was malnourished. Rich took him to the ER more than once. We helped Som join the Christian-Life Program at City Union Mission where he is celebrating over six months of sobriety and is ready to be baptized. He has begun leading our Friday Bible study group at his home. Som worships and serves with us on Sundays at Mosaic Bible Fellowship. Pray for his continued spiritual growth and sustained freedom from alcohol. We are encouraged by Som’s story and others, but our hearts are still burdened for the thousands of refugees in our city who have never heard.
Refuge KC is Growing!
Refuge KC recently added Tanner Smith (pictured above left, with Som) to our staff. Tanner is originally from Texas, he is conversationally fluent in Arabic, and he is doing a great job sharing the Gospel with newly arriving families.