Mount Olivet is working with our partners,Trinity Lutheran, St. Peders, and Nokomis Heights, along with Dar Al Hijrah Mosque, to sponsor a refugee family’s resettlement here in Minnesota. Mount Olivet member, Lisa Hansen, is one of three mentors from these congregations that will work along side the family through the coming year.
We will follow both Lisa’s, and this family’s experience through her blog – Riverchilde: A Servants Journey – where she will be posting reflections about her ongoing role as a mentor.
Check back, or visit Lisa’s blog for continued updates.
I’m standing at the Arrivals door at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport holding a piece of tagboard with Somali and American flags and the words “Welcome” and “Soo Dhowaada” pasted on it. Soo Dhowaada, the Somali phrase for welcome, is pronounced SO da Wah Dah—like soda water. Good thing it’s easy to remember how to pronounce, because it’s the only Somali word some of us standing here know, and we’ll be helplessly repeating it over and over again in an attempt to be hospitable. I’m surrounded by people I don’t–or barely–know, but the poster is quite popular with the local Somali Americans who are also waiting for new arrivals to the U.S., so I pose over and over again for smartphone photos.
It’s a 90-degree Minnesota summer day, but I decided to wear a calf-length skirt and lightweight long-sleeved sweater in an attempt to be culturally respectful. I’m hoping this small gesture will be…
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