It’s been a good while since I’ve communicated with you about what’s happening with our 33 refugee folks. We’ve been a bit delayed waiting on a new family; things have slowed down even further than before as I’m sure you may have guessed from watching the news. But we will have another family before long. God is working with them even now!
All our families are doing well. Our first two families bought houses last year, and No Nawn Kil and her six kids are supposed to close on a house this month. These days I pretty much just help advise our families on business matters, budget things, school, and Medicaid and food stamp renewals. Not too exciting and not really worthy of an email to you. They have all become quite self-sufficient, which is the goal of our efforts.
I found out today that we had a very exciting milestone yesterday and I couldn’t wait to share it with you! Ms. Helen Thluai, Run Luai’s daughter, who was in our second family and who arrived here with us in 2011, took the oath of citizenship yesterday. And how appropriate to do it on Flag Day!
Here is Helen just after the ceremony with her certificate of U.S. citizenship. She is the first of “our” Burmese refugees to pass the citizenship process, but her parents and Ngun Lan’s family are proceeding through it now. Prayers for them!
Helen works in the produce department at the Publix in Duluth across from Walgreens, so if you happen to see her there, please say hello and congratulate her on this remarkable achievement.
–Dave Huffman, elder on Mission & Outreach and coordinator of World Relief ministry at Pleasant Hill