Hot Summer Days

Twenty refugee friends from Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan and Iraq gathered at our home recently. Three volunteer men jumped in the pool to help a dozen newly arrived children make their very first attempt at swimming. Imagine the smile you see here multiplied many times over–mixed with thrill and laughter! One cute kid asked to use two life jackets, just to be safe. The rest of us kept a watchful eye out, periodically looking back at the pure satisfaction on parents’ faces. It was no surprise that eight large cheese pizzas, bags of chips and bowls of watermelon were quickly devoured!

Pray for these families as they adjust to life in the United States, learn English, seek employment, enter school and as they experience the hospitality of followers of Jesus.

Refugees Keep Coming to Memphis!

The swimmers represented forty plus families that have moved into one apartment complex nearby. Mark and the team of volunteers met three new Syrian families at the airport last week. Two of the families had seven children each. More than half of all the refugees are children.

“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'” (Matt 9:37-39, ESV)

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