Monthly Archives: July 2013

Friends – Volume 3 – July 17, 2013

Our Journey and Community Mission: S.E.E.D.S – Serve.Engage.Empathize.Disciple.Send

Our Vision: “Our vision is to be Jesus’ transformative presence in our community.”

The Saudi Aurora News is a newsletter we send to our friends, family, loved ones, supporters, partners, and community members to keep them up-to-date on our missional work in Aurora so they can journey with us however they are able. We have slowly been growing our list of subscribers. If this is your first time receiving this email, welcome to the community! We know everyone gets a lot of email, if you can’t handle one more newsletter, let us know and we’ll remove you promptly with no hard feelings. We would also love to hear about what’s happening in your communities and what you and your families are up to, so please send us your updates so we can journey with you as well.

We have just returned from a two-week road trip throughout the western U.S. 4,200 miles, 10 states, 2 national parks, 1 beach campout, 0 speeding tickets, and immeasurable love and company of friends and family. What a trip! We return from two weeks atop the proverbial mountain, glowing and refocused on the mission to which we are called. It was a much needed repose from the hustling urban mission we live in Aurora.

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Adopting-a-Refugee-Family as First Friends

Imagine for a moment you’re living in a war-torn land with your spouse and four young children. One tragic day an explosion knocks your eldest son unconscious, his jaw nearly knocked off its hinges and his chest crumbled and collapsed on his lungs. You urgently seek medical attention for your son, even flying to another country to get the specialized care he needs. While you’re away with your eldest son, another explosion kills your spouse.
You are left as a single parent of four children, ages two to ten, in a culture that very specific roles for men and women, and all five of you suffer from PTSD and other issues resulting from so much trauma. Fast forward a few difficult years, and you and your four children are brought to the United States as refugees. Despite being a naturally gregarious “people person,” you become isolated because you don’t speak English, have to care for four
children on your own, and you are completely unfamiliar with the culture and systems of this country.

Meet our friend, Shahab– Continue reading

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