From time to time, we’ve run into some great books, videos, news reports or movies that have helped us have a better understanding about the experiences of our friends from other countries. Many of their stories are truly heart wrenching. It’s interesting to read about their journey and how they may feel as they enter into the United States or other more stable countries who are willing to offer help. Some of the resources are those of which have helped us better understand how to serve and help but not hurt them.

The books and other resources have helped as I have maintained work on the ground face to face with those who are the poorest of the poor (and I’m not just talking about having or not having access to stuff). My heart understands even more about the possibilities of hurting my friends instead of helping them when I think I’m actually helping them. Asha’s Refuge has taken the thoughts and perspectives into consideration as we have progressed forward. We will occasionally write our review of the book or other resource for you, but for now, here are a few recommendations.

(The resources recommended on this page do not express the opinions of Asha’s Refuge in complete. As with any resource, we are looking for better understanding and pray that the Lord will open up our eyes. We believe that our first resource is always the Holy Bible in its entirety and our daily time in prayer connecting with God.)

When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns

The Other Side of the Sky by Farah Ahmedi

Desert Flower by Waris Dirie

Hotel Rowanda Movie directed by Terry George that covers the true-life story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rawanda.

God Grew Tired of Us Documentary directed by Christopher Dillan Quinn and Tommy Walker about four boys from Sudan (who are part of the Lost boys of Sudan) who embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.

Lost Boys of Sudan Directed by Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk Lost Boys of Sudan is an Emmy-nominated feature-length documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. Orphaned as young boys in one of Africa’s cruelest civil wars, Peter Dut and Santino Chuor survived lion attacks and militia gunfire to reach a refugee camp in Kenya along with thousands of other children. From there, remarkably, they were chosen to come to America. Safe at last from physical danger and hunger, a world away from home, they find themselves confronted with the abundance and alienation of contemporary American suburbia.

End of the Spear Is it possible to forgive those who have taken from you what you most love? Can a people controlled by violence and murder be transformed? Based on the true story of five missionaries killed at the hands of the world’s most violent tribe, End of the Spear proves that sometimes the greatest tragedy can be the catalyst for the most resilient hope. From director Jim Hanon and producer Mart Green, this feature film offers a fresh, sometimes raw, cinematic journey deep into the heart of the Amazon jungle and even deeper into the human condition. It weaves together the story of a bereaved son and the tribal leader who murdered this young boy’s father. As their lives intersect three decades later, painful revelations force a life-or-death decision. The choices made will heal profound wounds, transform destructive practices, and bring hope for a new life to many.

The Good Lie

Mali Under the Night Sky 1st - 4th Grade

The Long Road 3rd - 6th Grade

A Long Walk to Water 5th - 9th Grade

Milk of the Birds 8th - 12th Grade

The Story of My Life

The Underground Girls at Kabul

Where Rivers Meet Community's Mountains