Meet Idris… A self-described “tech guy,” it’s clear from the moment you meet Idris that he loves everything computer-related. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and he put his passion and education to use for over ten years serving the U.S. government in his home country of...

29 May 2018

Meet Lanette Pieterse, Employment Specialist, World Relief Spokane: I was born and raised in South Africa. In 2009 I moved to Vietnam to teach English. There I met my husband, an American, who was also teaching. I lived in Vietnam for about a year and a half and during that time we got...

29 May 2018

This is the second installation of a series featuring the talented and diverse staff of World Relief Spokane. Meet Haitham Dawoud, Finance Manager, World Relief Spokane: “I lived my childhood in Kuwait and returned to Iraq when Kuwait was invaded in 1991. In Kuwait, I attended an American...

29 May 2018

This is the first installation of a series featuring the talented and diverse staff of World Relief Spokane. Meet Jackson Eremugo Lino, Resettlement Specialist, World Relief Spokane: “I was born in Sudan in 1988 with 13 brothers and sisters. Four years before my family moved to America we...

29 May 2018

On May 14th several families gathered at the Mobius Children’s Museum in downtown Spokane. The gathering group consisted of refugee families as well as their American volunteers. They were matched together through World Relief’s mentorship program. As the families approached the entrance of the...

29 May 2018

If you ever need to find Adaga, look for the beaming smile. “I just try to stay positive,” she says. “Other people’s smiles helped me when life was hard, so I try to do the same thing for them.” Adaga is a former refugee from Eritrea, a small African nation which officially became its own...

29 May 2018

Before coming to Spokane, Washington, Jinan worked as a hair dresser in Iraq.  When the U.S. Army came to to Iraq, this 49-year-old single mom began cutting the soldiers' hair. She was happy for the work and enjoyed learning English from the soldiers. Jinan was grateful for the help the...

15 Dec 2011

This poem was written by someone who works with refugees and wanted to help capture their stories.  The original posting can be found at the author's blog:  http://inotherwordspoetry.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/if-only-the-refugee/ If only, the refugee If only one word stood out...

30 Nov 2011

Jacob’s Well Church has had the privilege of partnering in mission through Refugee resettlement in our own community because of our volunteer relationship with World Relief since the founding of church in 2006. As a new church plant, World Relief helped us discover a passion for hidden...

22 Nov 2011

In 1979, a violent conflict between Iraq and Iran erupted followed by clashes with Kuwait. The Iraqi government sent the militia, the local police force, to carry out its agenda. This led to massive killing and targeting of individual civilians and their families. Many were killed or displaced as a...

12 Nov 2011