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Refugee Connections in Dallas Morning News
Mesquite pastor knows the tough road refugees have to travel.

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Pastor Bright Osigwe (left)
completes paperwork to supply 10 days of food for an immigrant family from Burundi at Shiloh Village Apartments in Mesquite . Osigwe's organization assists Dallas-area refugees.

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Who are Considered Refugees?

Many of us may not quite understand who is a refugee. That calls for the following questions:

Who is a refugee? A refugee is a person who, “...owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social or political opinion, outside the country of his nationality and unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country.

Where are they from? Refugee families come to Dallas from Afghanistan , Bhutan , Burma , Ethiopia , Iran , Iraq , Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo , Sudan , Burundi , Eritrea , Somalia , Cuba , Nepal and other areas of conflict.

What services does Refugee Connections provide to the refugees? We provide resettlement; employment referrals and education to help families and individuals become independent and self sufficient. All our services are free and it also includes teaching English as a second language ( ESL ), cultural orientation, Adjustment counseling, school registration, family support services, job readiness, budget planning, referrals for social security, Health referrals, English classes referrals, TXIDs & WIC referrals, job skills training, case management, mentoring, youth programs, Immigration referrals and advocacy. But the primary aim of this ministry to every refugees is to share the gospel, witness to the gospel, preach the gospel, communicate the gospel, present the gospel, enable them to hear the gospel, reach them with the gospel, and give them opportunity to respond to the gospel.

 

 

About Refugee Connections

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Isaiah 25:4; For thou hast been a strength to the poor , a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.

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REFUGEE CONNECTIONS is a 501 c3 charitable Organization dedicated to connecting and providing refugees and other displaced people from around the world, with the resources they need to advance their lives towards a better future. Refugee Connections is a ministry dedicated to providing resettlement to refugees and other displaced people from around the world, and connecting them with the resources they need to advance their lives towards a better future.

REFUGEE CONNECTIONS vision is to assist the refugee population, through education, job training, social networking, and advocacy. We feel God has called us to make a difference in their lives through the love of Jesus Christ

The mission of Refugee Connections is to connect the Refugees with resources of the local community and assist the refugee population, specifically through education, job training, social networking, and advocacy. We feel God has called us to make a difference in their lives.

Refugees are people who cannot return to their home country due to a well founded fear of persecution because of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group.

For the few who have the chance to start a new life in the United States , Refugee Connections is there to assist them settle amicably.

We have been called by God to be the light of the world and salt of the earth, and we have started a Refugee/Immigration Ministry here in DFW. The United States of America in the FY 2009 accepted 80,000 Refugees. Over 20,000 of them are here in Texas and about 9,000 here in the DFW area.

Refugee Connections is working in partnership with faith based Communities, businesses and volunteers to provide refugees with resources, referrals education and guidance to ensure their successful transition and self sufficiency in their “Promised Land”.

 

GET CONNECTED: REFUGEE CONNECTIONS offers an opportunity to get involved with the refugee community in the DFW area. We partner with organizations, schools, and churches to work together to serve those in need. If you would like to find out more information about how you can partner with us or to donate by mail, please contact us here.

What are the items they need? Most importantly, they need financial assistance, prayer and love. Other needs include:

 

Shampoo, Bath soap, Dish soap, Toothpaste and Toothbrushes, Razors and Shaving Cream, Diapers (sizes 1-5) Gift Cards for Kroger/Carnival/Fiesta, Wal-Mart, DART bus tickets, Furniture e.g. Cribs, Dinning Tables & Chairs, Dressers, Lamps, Sofas, Brooms & Dustpans, Laundry Detergent, Deodorant (men/women) Shower Curtain Liners & Rings, Flatware Pots and Pans, Large cooking pots, Dishes, Mixing and serving bowls, Cooking spoons, spatulas, other utensils, Can Openers & Vegetable peelers, Colander/Strainer, Towels & Washcloths, Sheets (twin, double queen & king), Blankets (twin, double, queen and king), Pillows, Alarm cloths & radios, toys, coffee Makers & Teapots, Vacuum cleaners, computers, printers and electronics

We ensure that we provide them with food; basic furnishings and we are actively involved in meeting them at the Airport, and providing them transportation as they arrive. As soon as we settle them in, we take them for grocery shopping within their first three days in this country. Assist with obtaining Social Security card, Medicaid, and we teach them English as a second language.