Syrian Couple Pursuing Dreams

Coming to a new place is overwhelming; now imagine that you don’t speak the language, you have never experienced cold weather, and you must navigate complicated government systems. For many refugees and immigrants, this deluge of overwhelming new experiences is common.     For one refugee family from

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Shared Life Stage Deepens Friendship

Navigating the freedoms and challenges of adulthood crosses cultural boundaries, as twenty-somethings Amy and Klohbaw are learning. Amy from Minnesota and Klohbaw, who is a Karen refugee, met through Arrive Ministries’ Good Neighbor program, and quickly bonded over their shared stage of life. “We are sharing this

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Landlords, Neighbors, Friends

One of our housing providers, Bet, summed up her experience of renting to refugees wonderfully, “We always thought investing in real estate was a good idea, we never could have imagined where this journey would take us.” Over a year ago, a duplex in Bet and her

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Building Each Other Up

Ephraim is a pastor from Cameroon who fled his homeland in 2018 following a terrifying detainment by his country’s oppressive government. He was tied to a chair for 72 hours; unable to see, speak, or move. His wife, Winifred, their two sons, and two daughters had already

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A Home for Hospitality

It all started with a letter sent to surrounding neighbors asking, “Would you be willing to sell your home to Grace Free Church?” The Fridley Church had dreams of buying a home adjacent to their property to rent to refugees. When an interested seller came forward,  a

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Book Inspires Action

After Naomi Downer read “After the Last Border” and attended our book event with the author, Jessica Goudeau, her family was inspired by the Syrian and Karen refugee families featured in the book. “Reading these stories about the challenges they faced, leaving everything they knew behind, including

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