Befriending A New Refugee Family

 Mandarin Baptist Church Volunteers Prepare the Way for New Burmese Family Arriving in Jacksonville!

Home Sweet Home

   Thank you Mandarin Baptist Church for welcoming a new Burmese family to Jacksonville.  11 volunteers from Mandarin Baptist Church came together to set up the apartment for a refugee family who will arrive this week. This group collected furniture, home goods and food to prepare the way for this family.        In less than 4 hours an empty apartment was transformed into a haven of beauty.  Donated furniture, pictures for the walls, accent rugs and family heirloom flatware grace this new home.

Change The World Weekend

* Kids Outreach at Eagle Rock Apartment Complex–

“Linda, Allison and Kathryn with family and friends went to Eagle Rock apartments to do a kids outreach and found another church was there already but this made it more fun.  The music was loud and the kids were all smiles-about 30 of them. They loved the music and the dances, songs, Bible story, and snacks. An interpreter was present.  Linda brought some crafts to do.  Our team join in with the children, helping and encouraging them to participate.  Everyone is ready to do this again.”

* A Home Visit to a Grieving Refugee Family–

Open House...Open Hearts!

Open House...Open Hearts!

We had over 150 people walk through our doors on Valentine's Day.  Hearts with "LOVE" written in multiple languages decorated the hallways and rooms.  Our staff dressed in their native clothing to represent their home country.  Representatives from local churches, universities, government & non-profit agencies and businesses toured our facilities.   Presentations from our staff and refugees were held at multiple times throughout the day.  Hearing the story of World Relief and testimonies from refugees gripped the hearts of the listeners.  Future volunteers and supporters of World Relief will arise from this year's Open House.