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Resettled: A Life of Gratitude

Alnaseem smiles. She is happy and grateful. She is free.

This small family has fled twice from war-torn countries. Originally fleeing from Sudan, Sheekadeen and Alnaseem were living in Libya when they welcomed their only child, Mohammed, into the world. War broke out in Libya in 2011 when then President Muammar Gaddafi was killed.

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Good Neighbor Teams: walking together in welcome

GNT and family singing songs.

Good Neighbor Teams (GNT) are a group of individuals who are trained to walk alongside a family for six months as they adjust to life in Spokane. Such a partnership takes responsibility for much of the resettlement process including: acquiring housing, registering for schools and government agencies, locating jobs, etc.

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Suzan’s Story: fleeing religious persecution

Suzan is hugged by her children Seti and William.

Suzan held a Bible study in her home.  A seemingly benign, everyday activity. Except… Suzan lived in Iran. She had been secretly teaching the Bible in her home for years when one of her friends brought two new friends. Suzan didn’t know these new people, and she wasn’t sure of their motives. Did they want…

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Eleven Years, Seven Countries, One Home

A woman looking hiding with sweat running down her face.

At that moment, Bibi probably didn’t even know Spokane, Washington existed. If someone had told her that her four boys would all be 4.0 students or that she would one day be an American citizen, she might have assumed they were lying, crazy, or both

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Young girl carries Venezuelan flag.

“During National Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 – October 15, the U.S. government celebrates the countless contributions of more than 60 million Hispanic Americans, Latinos, Latinas, and Latinx-identifying people to our culture and society” (US State Department website). At World Relief Spokane, this month of celebration gives us the perfect opportunity to highlight two…

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Refugees: Ready & Willing to Work Hard


Nedal Klaib was a veterinarian in his home country of Syria. He fled to Jordan with his wife and five children due to the civil war in 2012. In Jordan, he was able to continue his work as a veterinarian, but when he came to America, his education and credentials didn’t transfer.

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They Can’t Go Home

As we were driving home, I received a text from my daughter. She was clearly unsettled. She wanted to know when I was going to be home because the fires were getting worse, she said. What fires? I thought.

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Church Partner Feature: Faith Bible

God calls us to make disciples of every nation, and he is sending the nations here. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son…

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Changing My Mind: One Year at World Relief

Barb meets a new friend.

Ethnocentrism: evaluation of other cultures according to preconceptions originating in the standards and customs of one’s own culture. Google Dictionary Evaluating the world through the lens of our own culture and experience. We all do it. The important thing is whether or not we realize we are doing it because, if/when we do, we can…

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