Just as Elizabeth took in her unexpectedly pregnant cousin Mary, World Relief Spokane knows that women are uniquely capable of helping other women in need. That’s the idea behind our Women Who Stand program, which recognizes that refugee women are especially vulnerable. They face the same...

29 May 2018

Hassan left Iraq in October 2009, fleeing life-threatening persecution for a refugee camp in Lebanon. After almost three years in Lebanon, Hassan and his family were placed in Spokane in September, 2012. It was a near-perfect fit. “I didn’t feel like an outsider,” Hassan said. “The people of...

29 May 2018

Shah and her four children were well-hidden. Sitting inside stacks of crates with just a small hole to let in air, she hoped they would make it. The family of five was forced to sneak into their seventh country in eleven years and all they could do was pray their seventh country would be the right...

29 May 2018

One of the most important days in the lives of some of our refugees is the day they become a United States citizen. After 5 years of living in the America, they can earn the right to that title and all of the benefits which come with it. This year, like each of the past six, Lee Branum helped...

29 May 2018

The Congolese family that the Newtons were hosting didn’t show up until midnight. They didn’t eat the culturally appropriate meal that the Newtons had prepared. And they didn’t come alone. Throngs of Congolese community members came from the airport to show the family to their hosts’ home. “It...

29 May 2018

When twenty-seven Gonzaga University freshmen recently filed into the World Relief Spokane office, they were laughing and chatting, trying to make friends like any other brand new college freshmen would. Although many of the students have come to Spokane from faraway places to start a defining...

29 May 2018

On Eid Al-Adha, the Muslim holiday that fell on September 1 in 2017, a conversation with World Relief Match Grant Specialist Sajida Nelson was interrupted by a co-worker. A former client, he said, was in the lobby. She was distraught and needed some help. “This is more important,” Sajida said as...

29 May 2018

President Trump is considering setting an appallingly low refugee admission number. We can’t let that happen. As Christians and Americans, we must stand for the vulnerable and the voiceless. World Relief Spokane is engaging in an advocacy campaign to encourage the President and our...

29 May 2018

As you can see in the photo above, our office recently got a makeover. With a bit of help from Sun City Church, the World Relief lobby got a new paint job, and we decided to take our redecorating a step further by adding some of our favorite photos from past years to the area. You might recognize...

29 May 2018

It’s difficult, and sometimes impossible to understand something until we’ve done it. As much as we try to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes, they don’t always fit. We can sense how uncomfortable they are or see that someone can use a replacement pair, but it’s tough to get someone else until...

29 May 2018