“Nope I have nothing” I replied.
“Wow! You must really trust God!”
“Yes. This is true. I have been in much more dangerous scenarios and God has always proven to be right by my side.” I responded.
“Because I love Jesus. Jesus has commanded Christians to love God and to love others. One way we can love others is through showing love to refugees. This is why I do what I do.”
One way we can love others is through showing love to refugees. This is why I do what I do
I have found that learning to drive is an enormous barrier for new refugees to face. One of the barriers they must face is that the written test is only offered in a few languages, so just getting to the point of passing the written test takes a lot of work. Then, the behind the wheel test is only given in English. Though the instructors might give simple directions, often those new drivers who speak English as a second language are nervous, and struggle with the English directions they are given.
Once they pass the test, our new Rochester neighbors are able to be much more independent and have the ability to grocery shop, go to the doctor or visit a friend without relying on others. Often, it allows the individual the opportunity to seek a better paying and more secure job.
I am now regularly driving with over a dozen individuals from a variety of cultures including Somalia, Afghanistan, Congo and Ethiopia
Behind the wheel driving lessons started out with just a handful of students learning in my own vehicle. Yet, the word continues to spread, and I am now regularly driving with over a dozen individuals from a variety of cultures including Somalia, Afghanistan, Congo and Ethiopia. Word keeps spreading. This is a good thing, but it also has developed to the point in which I need more assistance.
Praise God that a vehicle was donated to Arrive Ministries recently, so I will no longer have to use our family vehicle. Now, that we have a vehicle for students to learn on, I am looking for a couple of volunteers who would be willing to help refugees gain some experience driving before they take their tests.