Part of my day job is assisting our Mission Pastor with local outreach events. The next outreach on the calendar is Thanksgiving Dinner with our partners at the Arab-American Church in Sacramento. My family participated in that meal a few years ago and I wrote a story about it. Today, Leslie Verner published my story as part of her series on refugees. Leslie recently wrote a book on hospitality: Invited: The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness. As someone who lived overseas for years, Leslie’s perspective on welcoming the stranger is unique and valuable. I’m honored she published me story today.
My first experience with refugees was when I was very young, although I didn’t learn the word, “refugee,” until many years later. I was taught to call them, “Guests.”
My second experience with refugees came three decades later.
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I don’t like to feel alone. That’s probably my Enneagram 6-ness talking, but since God placed the 6 within me, I’m going with the idea that God doesn’t want me to feel alone either. Even though I know people get IEP’s all the time, I feel alone in this. God knows I feel alone. I told him so, admitting my inadequacies and my worries. I prayed it all out with no idea of what I needed, just grateful that God was present with me in the nebulousness of my new path.
And then, this happened.Read More