They arrived with little more than the clothes on their back – a grandma, mom and dad, and three young boys from Burma. They were here to start a new life after spending 15 years in refugee camps in Thailand. They spoke no English. They had no jobs. And they fit their entire earthly possessions in three small duffle bags.
Working through the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, LifeBridge came together as a church to provide them with furniture, bedding, cookware and food. One of our families met them at the airport. Others greeted them at their new home. In the weeks that followed, we visited them, helped them learn how to use appliances and gadgets that were new to them, and introduced them to other Burmese Christians who invited them into their fellowship.
It was an amazing experience, and one that we hope to do on a more regular basis as we take God’s call to welcome the stranger in our midst.