Dallas Immersion Trip

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Over the weekend, March 04-06, four of our students and our faculty advisor went down to Dallas to a Refugee Immersion Trip. They visited a refugee camp, assisted by Pioneer Bible Translator, and learned about life for these refugees. Here is what these students have to say about the experience.

Roberto

 

On the way to Dallas I watched the movie “The Good Lie”. I thought there was too much drama on it. But, the next day when I met people who are active in the process of adaptation for refugees and heard from their experience I realized that this film, in fact, shows the real situation people who live in countries with conflict, genocide, political persecution, and religious persecution problems have to go through. I also met some refugees from different parts of the world. I have to mention that I really like music and playing the guitar. In this mission trip I had the opportunity to meet one guy who moved from Somalia and he is an excellent guitar player (one of the best ones I have ever met). Meeting him brought the next question to my mind: What if a person who was going to change the world has already been killed in one of these countries? Our job is to somehow collaborate to stop all this suffering and build a peaceful society full of joy and dreams. ​

Roberto Lopez, Freshman

 

 

 

 

Alejandra

 

The Dallas Refugee Immersion trip allowed me to take a closer look at the refugee situation. It helped me understand that even though refugees have a shelter here in the U.S, they still go through a hard process to adapt, and they need people to reach out and make them feel welcomed. The staff from Pioneer Bible Translator are doing a great job by establishing relationships with those refugees and offering opportunities to them. We visited a few families in Vickery Meadows, where refugees from different places of the world come. One of the families was from Nepal, we talked to them and they made us feel welcomed right away by offering us food, a smile, and a big hug. It was very nice to see their hospitality and kindness toward us even if it was the first time they saw us. I believe that people living there could benefit from sustainability programs and activities that help them get an education and a job, and to be more involved in the community.​

Alejandra Figoni, Sophomore

 

 

 

 

Mathias

 

My experience in Dallas was very eye-opening and helped me relate to and have more respect and sympathy for refugees. I had the opportunity to meet and talk to an Iraqi couple, a boy from Bhutan, and a man from Malaysia. In my conversations with all of them, they all commented that they were extremely grateful that Americans would not only associate with them, but also that they would hang out with them, invite them to events, and simply be their friend. I feel that sometimes our society collectively tends to forget out refugees and the struggles they go through to not only get to a safe place in the United States, but then also to find a job and a way to support their families. To go along with this I think that there is a great need in this community for sustainable, fair jobs. I believe that this need provides the opportunity for Americans to come in to this community and love and support these people from all over the world who have come here to start a new life.

Mathias Herman, Freshman

 

 

 

KateDuring my time of living in Chiangmai, Thailand, I was exposed to extreme poverty, corruption, and refugee camps along the Thai/Burma border. I possessed some knowledge about refugees prior to the Dallas Immersion trip but I knew very little about refugee lives’ in the United States. Three of the biggest takeaways from this weekend were that I was reminded that building relationships can be more impactful than evangelism, refugee life in the United States can be just as difficult as living in a refugee camp, and that people don’t have to go overseas in order to be involved in missions.  One of the speakers from Saturday morning said that some refugees are very hardened towards the Bible and Christianity. However, a few became more susceptible to Christianity when other Christians became more focused on building a relationship with them rather than just trying to convert them. We also heard from another speaker that refugees live a very difficult lifestyle in the United States because they are working mundane jobs six days a week for very long hours. This has been emotionally and physically draining for some refugees who were used to very little activity when they lived in the refugee camps. Often, the American lifestyle isn’t as prosperous as some families originally expected. Lastly, I realized there is poverty and hardships right here in the United States and that I don’t have to live overseas in order to be involved in missions. Sometimes God calls us to work with foreigners in our home country.

Kate Garrison, Sophomore

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