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 traveled to Cairo, Egypt to begin the refugee process. There, our situation was deemed severe enough to be placed as refugees in America. We moved to Boise, Idaho in 1999 and resettled through World Relief. I was 12 years old when I started school and began really learning English for the first time. At first, it was a lot of learning to adapt. I had to quickly learn how to live in America while still dealing with the trauma I experienced back in Sudan. I can still vividly remember my first cross country race. I lined up with all of the other runners and when the gun went off signaling all of the runners to start I fell down to the ground. I was so traumatized from the sounds and experiences from my past. I thought guns were going off and I was unsafe. Everyone looked over and started asking if I was hurt. They didn’t understand the fear. Refugees come to America with so many different experiences. Today I deal with that by helping people understand what my culture was like, by loving the community around me and by looking forward.”

“My passion has always been to help people. I am a community type of person. That’s how I feel fulfilled. By loving people and serving people I have purpose. It’s been a blessing to work with World Relief. Refugees want the opportunity to excel like we all do. Refugees are over-comers – they are strong people who I’ve seen walk through storms most of us can’t imagine. I have lived the life of a refugee, and I take what I experienced into helping all of the refugees I work with here at World Relief. It was hard, and it was a lot of overcoming obstacles. But I always highlight the fact that if I have come this far, so can they.”