refugee resettlement initiative update

March 31, 2022:  This week was another productive week in the life of our four Afghan friends.  Tuesday they had the opportunity to participate in a “Legal Clinic,” meeting with an Immigration Attorney to understand the process they will need to go through.  They continue with many other activities, including job search and learning English.  Don’t forget, we are collecting applications again for people who would like to participate in helping in a ‘hands-on’ way.  (Application is from Lutheran Social Services and includes a background check.)  Once we receive 10 additional applications, we will take to LSS.


March 24, 2022:  Our journey with our four refugee Afghan men moves forward. Between doctors appointments, grocery shopping, volunteering at the Restore (within walking distance for them), English classes, gathering with other refugees, and an opportunity this coming week for each Afghan refugee to meet with an Immigration Attorney, they are very busy. They are also kind, gracious, and humble. It’s hard to comprehend the journey they’ve had and the graciousness they have as they start over in every way. Don’t forget, we are collecting applications again for people who would like to participate in helping in a ‘hands-on’ way.  (Application is from Lutheran Social Services and includes a background check.) Once we receive 10 additional applications, we will take to LSS.


March 17, 2022:  We continue our journey with our 4 Afghan refugees. This week we opened bank accounts for them. It is very exciting each step forward. (They do receive a small amount of financial assistance from the government for a limited time as they look for jobs, and so a bank account is helpful.) We continue to look for leads on jobs and there continue to be some promising possibilities. They are very eager to work! Perhaps the best part is the laughs and smiles and gratitude- going both ways! We are so privileged to be doing this work. Don’t forget, we are collecting applications again for people who would like to participate in helping in a ‘hands-on’ way.  (Application is from Lutheran Social Services and includes a background check.) Once we receive 10 applications, we will take to LSS.


March 10, 2022:  We continue our journey with our 4 Afghan refugees.  They are in their second week of English classes.  They have been entered into the health system.  We continue to look for leads on jobs and there are some promising possibilities.   We are also starting to get in the mail important documents that they have applied for along the way.  It is so wonderful to see the progress.  Thanks to all who are helping in any way: hands on, support team, prayer, financial, and the list goes on.  Thanks to all who brought in water!  We continue to pray for God to use us, and for us to seek His wisdom as we empower these amazing men. 


March 3, 2022:  We have had another productive and moving week with our 4 Afghan refugees.  They are enrolled in English classes, and volunteers from Still Waters are stepping up and taking them to those classes.  We are working on getting them into the health system, and getting them Primary Care doctors.  We have had a few folks help them in their job search which has been wonderful.  We had a “God-moment” this week which I’ll share in worship this weekend.  And perhaps best of all, we are developing a relationship of trust and care.  One thing we could use… bottled water!  They drink about a 40-pack every 5 days.  If you could bring 40-packs or 24-packs of bottled water to the church, we will take it with us when we go.  (Costco has very inexpensive water by the way.)  We continue to pray for God to use us, and for us to seek His wisdom as we empower these amazing men.  As always, thanks for your continued prayers and support!


February 24, 2022:  And… the journey continues! Our 4 Afghan refugees have arrived! They settled into their first night in the duplex on Monday night. THANKS again to so many who helped get their duplex ready. This has truly been a whirlwind and God has been present in so many ways. These men are very gracious, kind, and really want to get to work. We thank God for the privilege of being there for them.  This week, Pastor Lori and our co-leaders Robin Jasinski and Dawn Peters have visited (2 of us at a time) with these men every day this week. There is much to be done and we are tackling it a little at a time. There are many steps to getting them self sufficient, including setting them up with health care, language assistance, the many steps to get them eventually employed, and the list goes on and on. We are also getting to know them, and hear stories of their families back home, etc. As we get a handle on the many ways we’ll be working with them, we will be opening up volunteer opportunities in the weeks to come. Thanks to all of you for your help, prayers, and contributions. Let’s continue to keep these men and this amazing new ministry in our prayers.


February 19, 2022:  We have an important update regarding our refugee resettlement initiative! We received word yesterday that Lutheran Social Services (LSS) has 4 Afghan refugees that they are asking us to take! Monday! This is the last of the Afghan refugees from Fort McCoy. Four Afghan men, each probably with families back home. We have received appropriate approval and encouragement from our leadership, found a duplex (3 houses away from other Afghan refugees!) and our volunteers are excited! We are now very busily searching for items to prepare the apartment.