Our volunteers often get to rejoice with their newly arrived friends as they get their first jobs, pass their driver’s test, and celebrate holidays. Along with rejoicing together, sometimes, as Paul instructed in Romans 12, we are to mourn with those who mourn.

On September 30th, 2022, a suicide bomber attacked a school in Kabul, targeted the area where Hazara young women were taking their college placement exams, likely dreaming of their future ahead of them. Tragically, over 50 were killed.
One of the Hazara families that Arrive Ministries is connected to in St. Cloud asked their Good Neighbors and Arrive Ministries staff to join a vigil to grieve this tragic loss of young lives and bring awareness to the oppression the Hazara people have faced in Afghanistan (learn more of their plight here). It was an honor to share in the lament and grief of our Hazara neighbors.

Our St. Cloud Area Director, Samantha Grimsley, reflected on the vigil:

All our hearts were (are) heavy. We showed up to listen and lament with them.

“We took nearly nine minutes to read through the attacks on the Hazara people just since 2016. All our hearts were (are) heavy. We showed up to listen and lament with them. Psalm 13 was read. I think I speak for each person in attendance when I say we felt quite powerless in the face of these atrocities. As the Body of Christ, we can stand with our Muslim friends, learning from, advocating for, and pray with them in their time of pain. We will pray. We will share. And we will trust Jesus can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Lord, may Your kingdom come here and now.”