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

Three months after coming to the US, 38 year old Tedros remembers life before his long journey. Born in Adisba, Ethiopia, Tedros attended school until he finished his High School education. Around the time of his graduation, the Eritrea’s forces beat Ethiopia’s army. During this short...

12 Nov 2011

Makar's Story On the evening of April 30, 1992, 10 year-old Makar left his birth country of Bhutan. Makar had finished 1st grade when the government of Bhutan declared that Nepalese children were not allowed to go to school anymore. Makar had to stay home from school for 2 years after the law...

12 Nov 2011

Choosing where to direct the efforts of your congregation can be a challenging task.  There are certainly many organizations that are worthy of the investment but none that welcome “the alien” like World Relief.  Welcoming refugees and developing an empowering relationship...

09 Nov 2011