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Refugee Update

Refugee Resettlement News

The Ghasei Family left Afghanistan many years ago, and they were a long time in Iran (where the children were born) and in Turkey before coming to Holland on April 11 of this year. Last Sunday, four of them were able to attend Holland First United Methodist Church: Fatemeh (mother), Tayebeh (daughter), Mortaza (son), and Mojtaba (son).  Unfortunately, Jan Ali (father), and Mohsen (son) were not able to attend.  After worship, they were able to meet members of Holland First UMC at an ice cream social.  We hope that there will be other opportunities in the future.

The four young people are looking to enter the work force in Holland.  They have completed and filed job applications, and this week they are interviewing with a potential employer.

The family is becoming more independent, but they still need some help and support, especially with transportation and with English.

If you would like to be a part of our congregation’s Refugee Resettlement ministry and have not already volunteered, contact George Ward at 786-4761, or

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, continue in prayer for the Ghasemi Family: Jan Ali, Fatemeh, Tayebeh, Mortaza, Mojtaba and Mohsen.

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