By Darlene Fitkin and Ryan Keller
I, Ryan, am sharing with you a story about a family that Hope4Healing has been working with through one of our great Friendship Partners, Waterloo’s Apostolic Pentecostal Church. Please read this compelling story:
Imagine, one day there is laughter in the air, the smell of good food cooking, excitement of a party to take place and the feeling of peace, love and hope. You have worked hard to provide for your family and you go to church. Imagine, listening to the sounds of laughter, smelling the wonderful food, and seeing the smiles on familiar friendly faces. Moments later, however, all you have worked for, including safety and security, is snatched from you. Your only crime is that you worship God. You have done nothing to harm another person. You have committed no trespass against man or country. You just worshiped God. Because of your great faith in a big God everything you have is taken from you and destroyed. Your world of peace, love and hope is shattered and destroyed becoming terror, extreme pain and separation from normality as you and your family flee for your lives. Your life is now filled with shouts of hate, confusion, fear, pain and uncertainty.
The family I am introducing you to is a humble and an appreciative one. They are like any other family in America. The father worked hard to provide for his family through a business he owned and operated, and the mother was a homemaker taking care of her family’s needs. Their story is unique to themselves, filled with laughter, hopes and dreams as described above. One day, because they worshiped God, their home of peace and love became one of terror, fear, anguish and separation from each other, their extended families and a country they love. They were beaten, shot and hunted by government authorities because of their faith in a big God. They fled their home, family, friends and country and escaped to America. The story of their journey is filled with untold horrors, yet they still worship God and seek His face.
This family came to America with a visiting visa. When they arrived, their American sponsor did not meet them. Through various connections they have joined a family friend and have filed for asylum. The immigration department is overwhelmed and is presently working on 2015 asylum requests. The family that welcomed this immigrant family into their home has moved out of state, and due to the immigration asylum procedures, this family must stay here. Without a work permit, however, they are not allowed to work in the United States to support themselves financially.
As previously stated, the immigration department is just beginning the work on 2015 asylum requests. It will take time for this family to receive clearance to work. Through the efforts of many, the family is now settled in an apartment. The father is talented in many areas and is willing to volunteer his time to help people with yard work, painting, maintenance and various tasks. He is a responsible, hard-working individual. Because we are a global community and safety is an issue at present, we cannot give personal information regarding this family. I can only describe them in general terms. Though they do not speak English fluently, they are learning the language and are eager to converse in it. There are several children ranging in age from infants to grade school. They, along with their parents, have been subjected to unspeakable horrors. (Darlene Fitkin on behalf of the Nunga Family)
What would you do? This story begins like the story of the pilgrims who came to America in 1620, but this story happened in 2017. I can now tell you that this family is the Nunga Family; they come from a part of the world where Christianity is hated. Standing on the ground in a country that was new to you, having left behind everything and everyone you knew, and facing the uncertainty of how do I take care of my wife and children, I would certainly question if I had made the right choice. And then, in steps Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Waterloo to care for this family in their unique situation; the church contacted Hope4Healing for help. I sat in a room with several other professionals to meet the Nunga family and hopefully develop a plan to help this family; by the end of the meeting, there was not a dry eye in the place as we became more like family than strangers. Hope4Healing with the help of Apostolic Pentecostal Church, Josiah White’s Quakerdale Foundation, and other caring individuals have developed a fundraising page for this family through our investment portal site. I want to challenge all of our Hope4Healing partners to participate in helping this family. I am asking on behalf of Hope4Healing that each one of our readers consider giving what they can to support this family’s ongoing needs. A gift, as little as $10.00 from each of our partners, could provide for this family and make a big difference in their lives. All the money raised is being handled by Apostolic Pentecostal Church through a special fund they have developed for this wonderful family.
If you have questions, please email us at H4HQuakerdale@gmail.com or give us a call @ 855-584-HOPE (4673).
Thank you and God bless,
Ryan Keller, Hope4Healing Director
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