First blog post of many to come! It’s difficult to communicate the mystery and encouragement I feel in seeing such support come together for the sake of serving new refugees through Welcome Housing. And amazement in the timing of God. Little did we know in August when Welcome Housing was just an idea, how timely a warm welcome for immigrants would be in December.
I want to acknowledge the beautiful collaboration that has taken place! First, Dhafer’s eagerness and faith in volunteering to host was really the catalyst that set this service in motion. His ‘yes’ was followed by a ‘yes’ from the owners of our first rental unit, followed by a wave of support from people with donations and service, followed by a ‘yes’ from our second hosts Janice and Gary. Gary and Janice attend Cathedral of the Rockies and were inspired by another family from this church who said ‘yes’ to God earlier this year when they hosted a new Syrian family in a pinch. This experience has been such a reminder of the way God will use our ‘yes’ beyond what we anticipate or imagine. Hebrews 10:24 says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Next time you feel inclined to say ‘yes’ to God, know that He will use it to encourage others to do the same. And usually we will not have the means to accomplish what He is asking–these are only provided after we step forward in faith. He will use the collective to accomplish his purposes as this multiplies the blessing and displays His glory.
Here’s a go at naming the people and organizations represented in Welcome Housing thus far: Property People, North End Collective Church, Trademark Church, Revolution22 Church, East Wind Church, First Baptist Church, Cathedral of the Rockies, City Church, Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Glocal Community Partners, Gates of Hope, Intermountain Fair Housing Council Inc., World Relief, International Rescue Committee, Agency for New Americans, Trailhead, Amie Longmire (professional writer), Karin Teig (Thrivent), Gonzalo De La Torre (VroomCam), Mark Foster (web design), Cheryl Lotridge (staging/interior design), Simon Lacey (graphic design), Isaace Barnet
and Kyle Seick and Andrew Wallace (construction), Tanya Carnahan (funding from Style Spy Girl), plus many others who have shown support! I know I missed some–thank you all!!
As I consider the team forming to provide Welcome Housing I am filled with joy and thankfulness and anticipation. Welcome Housing is more than a transitional space at an affordable price; it is an extension of kindness and human connection. This is only possible through the community’s connectedness to this service. Our hope is that Welcome Housing will truly be an avenue of introduction for new refugees to Boise, and for Boisians to find a deeper sense of awareness and connection to those resettling here.
We embrace this beginning with thanks and see that it is being used to form a sense of team work. I know that the resettlement process is full of challenges, and we will need to support and encourage one another along the way. Ultimately this is God’s project and he will use it in many ways yet to be discovered.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 Let us be reminded that the inspiration and energy to do good ultimately is preceded by God’s workmanship in us. We can find confidence and encouragement in this.
Thanks for reading!