Just Love Through...

The challenges that the refugee clients we serve face are real. So many refugees are entering into our city escaping from war and terror or various forms of persecution. When they come to America they often have a skewed perception of life in America and feel like “all of their dreams and hopes can all come true”. When reality sets in and all of the new responsibilities are unveiled, they begin to realize all of the challenges they will have to overcome and endure to achieve their dreams. When they begin to see that a successful resettlement will be an uphill battle, they can feel hopeless. Asha’s Refuge wants to be available to help our new friends through the process. Sometimes this means that we literally hold their hand through mentoring, encouraging and loving them. We “get in the mud” so to speak, as they push forward towards reaching their goals. Our heart is to help them succeed by first, just loving our friends as Jesus would do.

Take a look at the list of ways we can help refugees in our city below. If you would like to get involved with our efforts to “just love” our clients, please let us know by completing our volunteer application. You may also contact our volunteer coordinator, Deborah Eaton at deborah@ashasrefuge.org .
Encouragement & Friendship
Asha’s Refuge currently serves near 700 refugees. Every one of them would benefit by having an American friend to encourage them. You can meet your new friend, write them letters, visit with them, pray for them or show understanding to them by sharing your life experiences with them. Some of our clients are learning English and would appreciate having an American friend to help them build their vocabulary along the way. Take a gentleman fishing or involve him in a hobby you enjoy. Cook or sew alongside of a mother. Have your teenager make friends with and go to a movie with a teenage refugee hungry to get out of their house. Take your children to the park with a refugee child and his/her mother. There are many ways we can be a friend to newcomers.
Asha’s Refuge works with men, women, teens and children. Mother’s need encouragement and want mentorship with raising their children, communicating with their teachers in the American school system, saving money, understanding community resources, problem solving with landlords and bill collectors and overall dealing with everyday life here in America. Men need encouragement and mentorship in many of the same ways.
Counseling Connections
If you have training or connections with counseling services, we need you. Asha’s Refuge wants to begin a counseling type program that might involve group therapy and/or individual counseling/therapy. There are innovative ways that we can be involved in helping our clients cope with their past experiences and the various challenges they face from day to day. We have envisioned art therapy becoming a part of our services. The benefits of this form of counseling and therapy have been proven affective, especially when there are children involved or language and vocabulary barriers. If you have experience in this area and want to help us develop this program, please contact Deborah Eaton at deborah@ashasrefuge.org or Jamie Jones at jamie@ashasrefuge.org .
Quality Time & Play
Spending time with our clients is important. When we take the time out of our busy lives to spend with them it says a lot about how we feel about them. In actuality, if we include a refugee friend in our family activities it can help to develop strong bonds and trusting relationships. Our suggestions for quality time and play are: museum trips, zoo trips, movie theater, teaching/learning to coupon together, playing sports together, bowling together, roller skating with children, hiking together and visiting local parks. If you want to be involved in this area, please let us know by completing our volunteer application.
Asha’s Refuge wants to have prayer groups available for our clients to be involved in or to request prayer from. We believe that Jesus has the ability to repair broken hearts and broken bodies. Please prayerfully consider being a part of a team that will develop our Prayer Ministry for Asha’s Refuge clients and volunteers. We need leaders in this area who have a sincere heart for Jesus, a respect for the Holy Spirit, who is a strong prayer warrior willing to fight the spiritual battles we and our clients often face and has an ability to help us organize our prayer requests in a way that we can get others on board to pray with us. We have refugees who are willing for us to pray for healing for them and who are interested in knowing more about who Jesus is. If you want to be involved in reaching the nations for Jesus through prayer, please contact Jamie Jones at jamie@ashasrefuge.org or complete our volunteer application.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
–Ephesians 6:10-21