We can feel like there is nothing we can do to help show care to vulnerable people in our communities. We can believe our little effort isn’t enough.
Yet, the Body of Christ has many parts and we each have a role to play. Every small step of welcome adds up to great love.
Joanne, Sarah, Jenn, and Sheila met because they are all a part of the Women of Welcome community. They each found themselves moved by a story of a migrant father and his young daughter and wanted to do what they could to help. Their stories woven together are a beautiful example of what this community is capable of when we work together.
Hear how the story began when Alex connected with Joanne.
Next, let’s hear from Sarah about how Joanne’s call for help in the Women of Welcome community led to her getting involved.
Then, we read how Jenn, who shared about the resources of the organization she works for in the private group, got connected and was able to offer housing and medical assistance for Alex and his daughter.
Next, Sheila stepped in to do what she could and found a lasting friendship that has impacted her and a family she never would have connected with if it weren’t for Women of Welcome.
Offering Friendship and Welcome – Sheila’s Story
“I saw a post that Joanne put on Women of Welcome about a migrant family with a little girl in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that needed clothes. I wanted to help, so we reached out and ended up taking Alex and Cinthia to Target to buy clothes. We don’t speak Spanish, so we communicated through Google translate. We asked if he also needed groceries. He did, so we bought them groceries and then went to lunch together.
We had a great time together that day and it was eye-opening seeing how much he enjoyed being able to shop for his own stuff. We also realized he is hungry for friendship, so we just keep getting together with them. We even took them to an El Salvadorian restaurant for pupusas. It has now become our Sunday tradition that we have lunch together when his health issues allow.
I know I’m doing very little in the big picture of their asylum case, but I’m thankful I am able to provide friendship and a welcoming face, and really listen to him and Cinthia while we share a meal together each Sunday.”
Continue reading how the lives of these Women of Welcome intersected when they put action to their compassion and became a part of Alex and Cinthia’s lives:
Part 5: The Women of Welcome Story