It is our belief that mentoring leads naturally to friendship. We all need friends to navigate through life and form connection and community. It is a foundational need for any human, no matter what language is spoken or religious background. This can be challenging for refugees who come to America due to language and cultural differences. Mohamad and Nisreen arrived in America in 2016 and got involved with Migros Aid before we even incorporated as an organization in 2017. They attended our weekly English Club and our weekly tutoring program called ‘Homework club”. Soon after they arrived, They have been active in our community garden for the two years we have had it. Tom and Wendy Langebartels became Migros Mentors to them in late 2016. Their families have become close friends and like family to each other sharing so many times together. Tom and Wendy have helped them learn English, find work, teach them how to drive, help them find a car to buy, navigate green card issues, apply and get accepted into a Habitat home and so many other things to list. Most importantly, they have been faithful friends. Tom and Wendy have put their Christian faith into action.
As Tom says, “Jesus said, ‘I was a stranger and you invited me in.’ We met Mohamad and Nisreen and tried to do just that and our lives have been changed because of the friendship we have developed with them.”
A Migros Mentor is someone who becomes a friend and may not be able to solve every problem or assist with every need but will be present in support and friendship along the way. Please contact us if you want to become a Migros Mentor to a refugee family.
MORE OF MOHAMMAD AND NISREEN’S STORY & BACKGROUND…Continue reading “A Migration and Mentoring Story: Mohamad and Nisreen from Syria befriended by Tom and Wendy of Zionsville”