AFGHAN REFUGEE UPDATES

Week of July 11th

As Dr. Robbins said July 3rd, “the harvest is plentiful, the workers are few!” Please consider joining the PHUMC Afghan team – this work continues to evolve, and we are in it for the long haul. We’re so excited about the baby girl on the way! Thanks to all who have chosen gifts for S for her baby shower on July 28. As you’re probably aware, the family could bring only the clothes they needed as they left Afghanistan. So, this shower is vital to the family’s ability to care for their new baby girl. Last week was busy with the Isoms doing yeoman’s work on the financial stability of the family. Hordes of paperwork and government confusion. Thanks to them for taking on this huge job!

The kids started Lake Nixon Day Camp- another step into the unknown which they managed with smiles on their faces. They are SO brave, according to Brenda and Janna who got them there this week!
Janna Knight will be getting the family food from Potluck most weeks each month with the PH Food Pantry supplying one week. This is a great gift to the family finances.

We hope all the gifts on the baby registry will be purchased by PHUMC. You can find the link, here. Thanks again for your continuing support of this mission! As always, your team appreciates your prayers and support. Donate to the Afghan Resettlement Fund at phumc.com/giveonline or send a check to the church with the Refugee Resettlement Fund in the memo line. Contact Tish DePriest at tishdphafghans@gmail.com with any questions or if you’d like to get involved.

Week of July 4th

We are a team of 13 looking for help.  After 6 months of care and service to the S family, we are eager for more hands on deck.  Can that be you?

I know you’ll find a baby shower gift to give to support our mom.  You can find the link, here.  The shower will be held July 28th. But we also need feet on the ground- people to transport the youngest to and from Pre-K every day in the 2022-23 school year, people to tutor/read with the family so they continue to improve their English, people to babysit when Carol takes mom for her more frequent doctor visits.  This is hard work, you guys, and our team could really use your help. 

Think about joining us in this labor of love and joy! This work continues to evolve, and we are in it for the long haul.  Will you add one more activity to your to-do list?  We all have other commitments, too, and how we enjoy working with this family.  As Dr. Robbins said Sunday, “the harvest is plentiful, the workers are few!”  JOIN US!  Thanks

And thanks for your continuing support of this mission! As always, your team appreciates your prayers and support. Donate to the Afghan Resettlement Fund at phumc.com/giveonline or send a check to the church with the Refugee Resettlement Fund in the memo line. Contact Tish DePriest at tishdphafghans@gmail.com with any questions or if you’d like to get involved.

Week of June 27th

This week the PHUMC team added a reading program for the two older boys. Several on our team have tutored at Wakefield and we are using what we learned at Wakefield with our Afghan children. The children are enthusiastic students.

We had a pleasant surprise this week. The older boys will be starting a camp at Lake Nixon on the 11th. We will have to take the boys to meet a school bus, but that requires booster seats. We were surprised that the church had booster seats that had been donated. That felt like synchronicity and the problem was solved.

Our friends from the Interfaith Community were also able to connect our family and our team with a mentor who speaks their language. This is serving to be so beneficial since we have several topics that need a more in-depth discussion. We think it’s also crucial that the mother has a sounding board for her questions about starting over in a foreign country.

As always, your team appreciates your prayers and support. Donate to the Afghan Resettlement Fund at phumc.com/giveonline or send a check to the church with the Refugee Resettlement Fund in the memo line. Contact Tish DePriest at tishdphafghans@gmail.com with any questions or if you’d like to get involved.

Week of June 20th

The village that supports this family is very busy. There are doctor’s appointments, summer camps, tutoring, help with programs such as SNAP and WIC, ensuring enrollment for pre-school, etc. If you would like to be part of the village that supports this family, we would welcome your participation. The family is doing well. Doctors’ appointments for the mother have increased in frequency as her due date grows closer. She is doing well and looking forward to an early September delivery. The older boys are in summer camp for ESL students which will run through month end. In July the two older boys will attend a two-week camp at Lake Nixon. These camps help with their assimilation, language development and help make the summer more entertaining. Our interactions and observations on their progress continue to be uplifting.

As always, your team appreciates your prayers and support. Donate to the Afghan Resettlement Fund at phumc.com/giveonline or send a check to the church with the Refugee Resettlement Fund in the memo line. Contact Tish DePriest at tishdphafghans@gmail.com with any questions or if you’d like to get involved.

Week of June 13th

We are still not allowed to publish the name or pictures of our family. We are dying to show you the kids with new bikes, great report cards, and having birthdays. Mom just had her 30th birthday and anticipates the birth of her 4th child in September. Look, soon, for an invitation to celebrate the arrival of our new Arkansas/US citizen. An Amazon wish-list will allow us to purchase gifts for baby. Please know how much appreciation the family shows to your team members as they provide rides to doctor appointments, babysit the kids, show the boys how to ride bikes, and deliver a baby’s crib for the new child. Please continue to support them with your prayers and gifts.

As always, your team appreciates your prayers and support. Donate to the Afghan Resettlement Fund at phumc.com/giveonline or send a check to the church with the Refugee Resettlement Fund in the memo line. Contact Tish DePriest at tishdphafghans@gmail.com with any questions or if you’d like to get involved.

Week of May 26th

The family continues to be tutored most afternoons after work for the father and school for the boys. Progress is slow but the team is making efforts to improve communication and continue watch and care over the family.

Bicycles have been donated for the boys and the Father and should be delivered by the end of the week. Please continue your prayers and concern for this family and consider donating your time and or money. To find out more about how to be involved in this ministry through your time or your finances, email carolisom@gmail.com (until Tish returns). You can donate to the Afghan Resettlement Fund at phumc.com/giveonline or send a check to the church with the Refugee Resettlement Fund in the memo line. The fund is being saved for a car and we make occasional purchases for items needed by the family.

Week of May 19th

On Friday, the Chair of our team, Tish DePriest, left for a well deserved vacation. The rest of our team are in awe of the effort that is required to keep our dear family going.  We are blessed to have Tish with her strong organizational skills and great compassion as the leader of this mission.

Communication continues to be a great challenge for the entire family, but several people on our team are generously tutoring mother and father regularly. The two older boys had Field Days at their school this past week at which their teachers gave high praise to each. Both are very social and were impressive in the skills used in their water games. Both boys were chosen as “Leader of the Week” in their classes and earned opportunities to go on a Field Trip.  It was very gratifying to see how well they are accepted in their classes.

During the summer, efforts are being made to keep the older boys active in English speaking opportunities. We are enrolling them at Camp Can-Do for English Second Language students and Camp at Lake Nixon. We are also trying to get them into swimming lessons!

The Father is settling in nicely and working hard at his place of employment. He is riding with a co-worker to his job. He is anxious to progress so that he can obtain a Drivers License. The professionals at his job and those involved with the Mom’s medical needs have been so kind and caring.  It is a real joy to see people so willing to help this family.

When so many refugees are struggling across our country, our family continues to do relatively well. This is because of the generosity, love and care of our church and community. To find out more about how to be involved in this ministry through your time or your finances, email carolisom@gmail.com (until Tish returns). You can donate to the Afghan Resettlement Fund at phumc.com/giveonline or send a check to the church with the Refugee Resettlement Fund in the memo line. The fund is being saved for a car and we make occasional purchases for items needed by the family.


Week of May 12th

The PH Afghan team thanks the nearly 70 donors to the Refugee Relief fund.  We are thrilled that several of those donations have come from people not listed as members of our church and many came from people outside Little Rock.  That is a credit to the tv/internet outreach and, hopefully, this newsletter.  More amazing is the number of those donors have given more than once.  Our deepest thanks to all who see this mission as important.

We want to acknowledge the members of our team who are not PHUMC members.  Driven by domestic forces as well as a deeply compassionate heart, Jim DePriest has willing given his time whenever his wife or team asks for help. He has hung a swing in the back yard, taught Mr. S to use a weed eater and make home improvements. He helped the family move to their current house after loading and unloading donated furniture. He provides transportation for Mr. S to work, tutoring and the mosque at the crack of dawn and gets the kids to school when the bus doesn’t arrive. His willingness to help is greatly appreciated.

As always, your team appreciates your prayers and support. Donate to the Afghan Resettlement Fund at phumc.com/giveonline or send a check to the church with the Refugee Resettlement Fund in the memo line. The fund is being saved for a car and we make occasional purchases for items needed by the family. Contact Tish DePriest at tishdphafghans@gmail.com with any questions or if you’d like to get involved.


Week of May 5th

Monday (5-2) was the final day of Ramadan, the holiest time in the Muslim calendar. The family celebrated the breaking of fast with prayers and good food. The mother and father have fasted from sunrise to sunset each day, having no food or drink. This was a time to draw closer to God and cultivate self-control. It is admirable to see this sacrifice practiced with joy.

This week Mr. S. starts a full-time job. Bev and Buddy Villines are working on a bike for Mr. S to ride to work when needed. Sabrina Framptom is donating two children’s bikes. Soon the family will enjoy a great American pastime- riding bikes as a family.

As your PH team has progressed, we have gained new members. Sabrina is one of those, working in volunteer time around her daily parenting commitments. She has been a babysitter for the youngest child, bringing sculpey clay and totally entertaining him while his mom was at a doctor’s appointment, according to the other team member who helped babysit. She’s providing bikes to the family. She just jumped right in and is training to be an ESL tutor to the family.

As always, consider donating to the Afghan Resettlement Fund at phumc.com/giveonline or send a check to the church with the Refugee Resettlement Fund in the memo line. The fund is being saved for a car and we make occasional purchases for items needed by the family. Contact Tish DePriest at tishdphafghans@gmail.com with any questions or if you’d like to get involved.


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