Journeying Toward Wholeness - Micah 6:8
Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are proof that our world is broken. The home they left and their temporary life in Istanbul are fragmented, incomplete and often desperate. But they have a vision of wholeness. Disciples’ support of the Istanbul Interparish Migrant Program (IIMP) offers them welcome, hope, understanding, warmth, a cup of tea, plus good advice, food coupons, medical referral, language study and even the possibility to go home again.
Meet a Pakistani family of 10. They are asylum seekers because they belong to an Islamic sect that is unpopular in their country. They were persecuted so much that they came to Turkey and requested refugee status. IIMP not only helped with basic necessities but worked to get the younger children into school, arranged English tutoring for the older children and gave the father a scholarship to study Turkish.
When their seven year old son was diagnosed with TB, IIMP helped to arrange treatment, TB testing for the rest of the family, and, when the mother and father became ill, IIMP stood by them.
God, thank you for the privilege of standing by your children and helping the vulnerable as they continue their journey toward wholeness.
Betty and Ken Frank, members of Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont, California, serve the Health and Education Foundation in Istanbul, Turkey. They work as the Co-General Secretaries of the American Board in Istanbul.