February 6, 2017
As a parish we decided almost a year ago to cosponsor with Bethany Christian Services a refugee family. Before Halloween we were assigned a family, the Garang family, from South Sudan who have been living in the Kakuma Camp in Kenya for 25 years. They had exit visa problems which is common leaving Kenya and then one had some health problems and now with current policy it seems that the vetting process of 2 years has to start all over.
The Rodriguez-Matos family got into the U.S. just in time to qualify under the Cuban Haitian Entry Program. With that and their interest in being part of a Catholic community we are blessed to be able to cosponsor them. Tuesday, Feb. 7, they will move into their new home which Grace Episcopal Church owns; their church community is too small to cosponsor a family on their own and so they are thrilled to be able to assist us in this ministry through providing housing and being good neighbors. Our refugee support team is also thrilled to be able to finally enter into this relationship with one of the many refugee families throughout the world who needs our support and prayers. Thank you to all of you who've helped make this ministry a reality in our parish community.
If you are interested in being part of our support team, contact Sr. Noella. email@example.com 616-392-6700
July 14, 2016
As a parish we are cosponsoring a refugee family with Bethany Christian Services; this is a 6 month commitment after which they will be working and self sufficient. They arrive here with little more than the clothes on their backs. They’ve fled their home countries in fear of imminent death; after years in a camp they undergo a thorough 2 year process of being vetted by our government. These families come here in friendship hoping to be welcomed as sisters and brothers. You can help in three ways:
Another Prayer for Refugees
By: Center of Concern's Education for Justice