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Refugee Update

The members of the Ghasemi Family are Jan Ali (father), Fatemeh (mother), Tayebeh (daughter), Mortaza (son), Mojtaba (son), and Mohsen (son).  All the children are in their early 20’s.  They are a long way from their Afghan homeland, and they are working hard to learn a new language and a new culture.

They have had two cultural orientation sessions, they have learned how to mail a letter, and they have practiced writing checks. A trainer from the Maxx Bus and a volunteer from Holland First UMC helped them learn more about how to use the bus to get to Meijer and other places. And they will soon begin another series of English language classes. It’s been exciting to hear how quickly the four younger members of the family are learning English. They seem to be having fun learning new words and are retaining them quite well. The Refugee Resettlement Team, and many volunteers from Holland First UMC will be working with the Ghasemi Family for a long time, befriending them and helping them to begin the process of assimilating to what is for them a new and very different culture.

 If you would like to be a part of our congregation’s Refugee Resettlement ministry and have not already volunteered, 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)

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 or send to church office.

  And above all else, please pray for the Mohhammadi—Ghasemi Family: Jan Ali, Fatemeh, Tayebeh, Mortaza, Mojtaba and Mohsen