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Resettlement Refugee Stories

1979–World Relief launches its refugee resettlement ministry, helping Vietnamese boat people adjust to life in America.

The work started with Grady and Evelyn Mangham, retired missionaries with a heart for service and Vietnam. World Relief’s new resettlement program welcomed 1,000 refugees in its first six months, and has been responding to the world’s crises ever since.


“Those ten years with World Relief [the Manghams retired from World Relief in the late 1980s] were the highlight of our lives. It was such an emotional and great time for us and it grew so fast that we always had a challenge, always had to get some new help, always got to watch some miracle. We wouldn’t trade them for anything!”

– Evelyn Mangham


In total, World Relief has welcomed over 250,000 refugees from more than 85 countries.  
In 2016 alone, over 20,000 people were served by World Relief’s refugee and immigration services:


Refugees resettled in the United States by World Relief


Clients provided with legal services


Individuals educated about human trafficking


Volunteers working in Refugee & Immigration Services

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