Spokane man crafts 300 cutting boards for refugee families

Ron Johnson delivered a new batch of his custom-made maple & walnut cutting boards in July. Each of his one-of-a-kind boards will be given to newly arrived refugees as they start their lives in Spokane.   Ron started making cutting boards four years ago. Since then, he’s crafted more than 300 of them, and now…

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Local ministry creates home for refugees

Five years ago, Don Comi was working with a refugee that sparked his interest in investing more in the refugee community. The man that he was working with was shocked when he found out that Don was helping him for free.  “No one has ever done anything like this for me before,” he said, “Why…

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From Foreigner to Friend

Truly understanding the plight of a refugee can only come from experience; even then, it is almost impossible to emphasize with each individual’s story. Maria Naccarato, World Relief volunteer, spent three years of her life as a foreigner, but has only scratched the surface in beginning to understand the depth of a refugee’s strife. Maria…

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Faith That Makes a Difference

One of the most important days in the lives of many immigrants is the day they become United States Citizens. After 5 years of living in the America, they can earn the title and all of the benefits which come with it. This year, like each of the past six, Lee Branum helped World Relief…

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Choosing Love

The Congolese family that the Newtons were hosting didn’t show up until midnight. They didn’t eat the culturally appropriate meal that the Newtons had prepared. And they didn’t come alone. Throngs of Congolese community members came from the airport to show the family to their hosts’ home. “It felt really welcoming for them,” Lindsey Newton…

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For host family, a little empathy pays big dividends

At World Relief, the help of volunteers gives us the power to serve refugees who make Spokane their home. Without their help, it would be nearly impossible to serve the people to whom we are called, and we are incredibly thankful for them. Matthew and Laura Crotty decided to volunteer with World Relief in late…

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