Refugee Team Testimony: Welcoming the Stranger – Part 1

We at Grace continue to find ways to assist and encourage our new refugee neighbors who come to Wichita under the auspices of the International Rescue Committee, IRC.

This winter some of the warm coats you donated to Economy Corner could be helping keep a new neighbor from Africa warm. At Christmas time, many generous Wichitans bought gifts for individual refugee families.

Grace’s Economy Corner team partnered with our refugee team to sponsor a family, providing them a set of lovely china dishes and gifts for each child.

Then, some of Grace’s refugee team members joined more volunteers from other churches and groups to wrap the gifts. Several IRC offices became wrapping centers full of enthusiastic youth and adults who wrapped each family’s gifts – lots of warm hats and gloves, art supplies, games, toys and more, in bright papers  – and tucked them back into individual family bags for delivery later.

– Carolyn Benefiel

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