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On the Tuesday before Easter, about 25 people from Holland First UMC met the Mohammadi—Ghasemi Family. The parents are Jan Ali and Fatemeh. Their daughter is Tayebeh, and their sons are Mortaza, Mojtaba, and Mohsen. The children are in their early to mid-20’s. Some of us came with them to their new home in Holland. Another Afghan family, sponsored by a neighboring congregation, had prepared some food for them.
On Wednesday, their case worker from Bethany Christian Services, a translator, and some volunteers from FUMC met with the family to help them orient themselves. Since then, many volunteers have visited and tried to make them feel welcome and have provided needed transportation.
With help from FUMC volunteers, the members of the Mohammadi—Ghasemi Family have enrolled in English Language Classes, and have returned to Bethany in Grand Rapids to apply for Medicaid, Bridge Cards, Social Security Cards, Employment Cards, and Michigan IDs. We’ve all been very busy, and there’s still a lot to do.
If you have not already volunteered and would like to do so, please call any one of the following: Jean Obermiller (499-7120), Bob & Jo Bird (786-3668), Mary Buttrey (399-2887), Jim & Abby Searls (772-4306), Al Minert (396-3751), George Ward (786-4761)
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If you would like to contribute financially, mark your offering “Refugee Resettlement” (Checks should be payable to First UMC) and put it in the offering plate.
And above all else, please pray for the Mohhammadi—Ghasemi Family: Jan Ali, Fatemeh, Tayebeh, Mortaza, Mojtaba and Mohsen
Michigan Area Bishop, David Bard, has appointed The Reverend Brad Bartelmay as the new Senior Pastor to First United Methodist Church of Holland. The appointment is effective July 1, 2017. July 9, 2017 will be Brad's first Sunday … Read More ›