Welcome Kasongo Family to the USA!
The Commission on Refugees & Immigrant Ministries is celebrating their first family asylum!
In October of 2018, the Regional Church Board approved the Commission on Refugees and Immigration, a much needed ministry in Oklahoma. Rev. Mary Heath chairs this commission. The mission of this commission is to offer hospitality to immigrants, provide refugee resettlement assistance to refugees, strengthen relationships of solidarity and advocacy with refugees and immigrants, and seek justice for farm workers. This commission works closely with the National Refugee & Immigration Ministries for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
In 2021, the OK RIM Commission adopted a refugee family from the Congo. At the time, this family of four were determined as ineligible for any state or federal benefits. The family had no resources for food, electricity, phone, rent, medical, non-food items, or access to work. Several Disciples congregations have provided generous financial support for this family while they waited for asylum.
On March 18, 2022 the application for asylum for the Kasongo family was granted by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services!
Thank you to all who helped support and care for this wonderful, new American family! They are truly grateful to Disciples who made their dream of a new home a reality! Thanks be to God!
RIM Afghan Update
The sorting project for Afghan neighbors has ended at the Oklahoma Disciples Foundation building. Thank you to Eric Gray and ODF for the use of the suite!
We are looking at a new donation and sorting location, so be sure to look for this information coming soon.
Thank you to those who helped sort donations so far! It was a joy to work with you and get to know you. And, it was an amazing experience to view and care for the absolutely beautiful traditional dress of Muslim women.
Here are just a few of those beautiful ensembles.