A Home Where She Belongs

A Home Where She Belongs Recently I attended the interview for U.S. citizenship of one of my clients. It was actually the second interview attempt for her; the first time she had been denied due to a technicality. The officer had been more than a bit unreasonable,

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Life Transformation for Refugees and the Church

Life Transformation for Refugees and the Church   Last summer, Refugee Life Ministries (RLM) staff met a Congolese family through a community organization working with secondary arrivals in Minneapolis. This family had recently moved to Minnesota after being resettled as refugees in Massachusetts. When we met them,

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New Friends, New Life

New Friends, New Life On January 30, 2019, Minnesota received temperatures approaching -30 degrees on what turned out to be the coldest day of winter. That same night, Arrive Ministries welcomed Lah, his pregnant wife, Tra, and their three-year old daughter, Lian, who had spent the majority

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Church Partner: Mosaic Christian Community

When Mosaic Christian Community launched six years ago, we opened our doors as strangers. We were a new church in a neighborhood that had always seen a church building located there but had not seen its people for many years. We knew that we did not know

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“Serving Refugees and Immigrant Neighbors Together”

“Serving Refugees and Immigrant Neighbors Together” is our motto, representing the heart of what we do as Arrive Ministries. “Together” being the critical word, as our staff, the families we serve, and the volunteers we empower together bring about lifelong transformation. Let us walk you through what

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Flexibility, Timing, and Welcome

Earlier this year All Peoples Church formed a Refugee Life Ministries team to welcome and walk alongside a newly-arriving family. From our first conversations with this new church plant, it was clear that they were passionate about engaging those around them to share Christ’s love through service

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Literacy, Friendship, and the Somali Language

Literacy, Friendship, and the Somali Language “Kani waa miis.” Participants listen to their Somali ‘language guide’ and select the miniature table from the toys in front of them. “Kani waa kursi.” Again they listen and select the doll chair. “Kursiga miiska dinacisa dhig.” Participants place the chair

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My Part in the Resettlement Puzzle

My Part in the Resettlement Puzzle Hi, my name is Kristina Shirokova and I began working at Arrive Ministries in October as the Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) Eligibility Coordinator and Resettlement Specialist. It’s a long title but it basically means that I help refugees get cash assistance,

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