How a Small Commitment Makes a Big Difference

Mehrdad’s family with their community mentors

Mehrdad and his family, moved to Virginia after being persecuted for their political beliefs for five years—facing threats on the lives of his children, living in the poor conditions of a refugee camp, and constantly fearing what the future may hold. Immanuel Presbyterian Church and Lewinsville Presbyterian Church saw the family’s need for guidance and support during the transition to their new home in America. They offered food when the family ran low, leads on possible employment, direction in American customs and language, and most importantly companionship. Thanks to the partnership between these two congregations, the family is now thriving and is self-sufficient.

The children are making new friends at school and Mehrdad has found a job which allows him to provide for his family. Partnerships, just like this one, are vital to helping refugees rebuild their lives. LSS/NCA helps establish these mentorships and assist sponsors in ensuring the refugee’s progress towards self-sufficiency. The friendships built between the refugees and their mentors are irreplaceable and provide the motivation to persevere through one’s darkest days.

If you, your family, or your congregation are interested in mentoring a refugee/refugee family in the Washington DC metro area, please contact Aerlande at You are the biggest influence in the life of a neighbor in need.

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