3 Churches help Aid Refugee Families over the Holidays with Gift Baskets, Gloves/Hats, and Hygiene Kits

3 Churches help Aid Refugee Families over the Holidays with Gift Baskets, Gloves/Hats, and Hygiene Kits

We are grateful for the following churches that provided practical gifts to refugee families over the Christmas holidays. Eagle Church in Whitestown provided over 100+ gift baskets filled with a blanket, toiletries, socks, and detergent. Chapelwood Baptist in Indianapolis collected 56 pairs of gloves, 21 hats, 14 hats/glove sets to be given to people over the winter. One Fellowship Church gave  20 hygiene boxes filled with practical items for families to use.

Thank you again for this sign of generosity and partnership with us in serving the refugee community in our city.

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Operation Hope: Our 2022 Year-End Campaign

Operation Hope:  Our 2022 Year-End Campaign

Operation Hope is our 2022 year-end campaign.   As 2022 comes to an end soon,  would you consider helping us meet our goal for our year-end campaign?  We have set a goal to raise $75,000 and need your help!   We are grateful for some generous gifts to help us get going in this campaign, as we are about to enter into 2023.  

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A brief explanation about Operation Hope from Migros Aid’s founder:

I was once in a refugee camp in Africa years ago and I will never forget a conversation I had with an older man who was a refugee from Sudan.    

He said to me,  “A man can live 40 days without food, 4 days without water, and 4 minutes without air but no one can live 4 seconds without hope.”

Hope.     Sometimes we have it and in other moments we are searching for it.  Hope is about expectation or anticipating an outcome that is favorable.  We hope in power,  pursuits, and different kinds of possessions only to be left disappointed and restless.      

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There is a kind of hope that lasts and sustains.   It is not based on feeling or emotion but on the truth of what God has promised us.   In my understanding,  lasting hope is birthed from faith and always leads to love.  (1 Cor 13:13)

In the scripture, we read about this lasting hope, “…and hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”  (Romans 5:5)

Operation Hope is about enabling Migros Aid to be a conduit of hope to those in our community who have fled war, hardship, and poverty.   So many are hopeless and seeking a lasting, sustaining hope.  We offer and seek this kind of hope and want to share hope with others through our words and acts of love.   Also, I think we discover hope for ourselves when we give of ourselves to others in service. 

We tutor students to offer hope. We mentor to offer hope.   We help people learn English to offer hope.  We explain how things work in America to offer hope.  We play soccer with a teenager to offer hope. We pray with and for others to offer hope.  We serve to offer hope.   We share our lives to offer hope.   We give a donation to offer hope.  (Mt 25:40)

Would you help us offer this kind of lasting hope into 2023?  Your donation will do that. Thank you for your prayers and support. 

Hopeful Because of Jesus,

Joel Vestal
Luke 18:1

10 Reasons to Make a Donation on #givingtuesday

10 Reasons to Make a Donation on #givingtuesday

We can all look back on our lives and remember people who made positive impacts on us. At Migros Aid, we believe our work is important and allows us to enlist others to support and encourage those we serve. Thriving in life requires a community to come around and offer love, encouragement, and friendship.

Your donation on this #givingtuesday will allow us to continue to serve these ten people – and others!  

  1. Laurent, from Cameroon, is five and lives with his mom and brother. His brother has been in and out of the hospital a lot this year and numerous people from the Migros community help the family. Laurent proudly tells everyone he knows about being on High Honor Roll and involved in weekly tutoring and CARE club. 
  1. Hannah, from Syria, has been learning English with a Migros mentor, and she just passed her U.S. citizenship test with the help of a Migros mentor. 
  1. Obed has started coming to Migros Academy after hearing his siblings, Prince and Davis, talk about how much they like their tutors. He wants to work on bringing up his grades.
  1. Mahat, from Somalia, was quite a handful and it was hard to get him focused when first coming to Migros Academy. He has matured in many ways and loves playing strategy games, like Battleship, with tutors. He’s even taken a couple books home with him.
  1. Daima asked a mentor, “Have you ever been to McDonalds? Is it nice? We heard it was nice. I always wanted to go there.”  Daima, along with her 6 siblings, come for help with homework at our weekly Academy and attend CARE Club. They are soon to be treated to a meal at McDonald’s over Christmas holidays.  
  1. Mohammad will soon be sworn in as an American citizen. He has been helped by Migros mentors for the 5 years he has been in Indianapolis, after fleeing war in Syria.     
  1. Chance,a teenage girl, meets regularly with a Migros mentor for Bible study. Her mentor also assisted her in starting a new job.
  1. Sandrine is a teen girl from Africa and recently enjoyed the Winterlights Display with her mentor at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
  1. Solei is a refugee mother of four and has been in America since June. She currently works weekly with one of our cleaning crews to earn money for her family.
  1.  Emma Lar finally can come to get help with her homework at Migros Academy.  She is in Kindergarten and now joins her brothers: Eh My and Chrys Ta Pah.   

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C.A.R.E. Club Continues to Provide Community and Connection for Emerging Generations of Refugees

C.A.R.E. Club Continues to Provide Community and Connection for Emerging Generations of Refugees

C.A.R.E Club is our weekly outreach event to the community. We serve a hot, healthy meal for dinner and provide a support system for those who come. We believe growth, in all forms, comes through relationships. CARE groups meet during CARE Club for 10-15 minutes where they discuss issues related to adjusting to a new life in America and life lessons that will result in flourishing. Recently, we discussed topics like communication, eye contact, and the importance of saying “please” and “thank you”.

Some students bring homework where they can get help and the adults who come get to have an English lesson after eating.

We have several things we say often to the group like, “Respect 3 things! What are those 3 things?” “Respect yourself, others, and property!”

We also ask everyone, “Why do we have CARE Club?” The answer, “Because we care for you!”

C.A.R.E. stands for: Connect with others | Aspirations  | Respect | Emotional health

Each week our conversation and small group is guided by these themes. We always start small groups with saying what we are grateful for the previous week. Contact us if you want to come and serve and be a part of C.A.R.E. club.

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150 Backpacks Given Out with School Supplies at Back to School Event

150 Backpacks Given Out with School Supplies at Back to School Event

We had our fourth Back to School Event in the community last week with an enormous turnout from the community. We gave out 150 backpacks filled with school supplies for the upcoming school year. Food was provided by friends from Somalia, Syria, the Karen & Mon people (from Myanmar region).

We met many new families who signed up for services. The students enjoyed face painting, corn hole, soccer, and table games! Free kids books were provided to each student who wanted to begin to build their own library.

Thank you for those who came to serve! It was a phenomenal, magical evening

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Watch Our New 2022 Film: Migros Aid in Indianapolis: Providing Aid, Training, Service, and Empowerment

Watch Our New 2022 Film:   Migros Aid in Indianapolis: Providing Aid, Training, Service, and Empowerment

Click below to watch! We are grateful for our new short film in 2022 and all those who helped make it! Please watch to understand our vision and mission and why we exist!

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Migros Academy: Empowering the Next Generation Through One-On-One Tutoring

Migros Academy:   Empowering the Next Generation Through One-On-One Tutoring

Our efforts to continue to empower the next generation of refugee students will now be called  Migros Academy.   It will continue our five-year track record of our weekly Homework Club and mentoring of students, since our inception in 2017.    Our goal is 25 students this next school year (2022-2023) We need your help to tutor these kids!    

Click here to contact us and get more info and work to help a student with their homework and excel!     You can make a real impact!  

Angie Wiggins joins the Migros Aid team part-time to lead, guide, and facilitate the Migros Aid Academy.  Wiggins has over  26 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings. Locally, she has taught with several homeschool co-ops and at North Central High School. 

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Wiggins says,   “I am honored and excited to join the Migros Aid team and help grow the educational component of the ministry.  Since January 2018, my daughters and I have volunteered at Migros Aid’s Homework Club. I am thankful for what we’ve learned and experienced through Homework Club. I would love to assist students who have great potential but who may be falling through the cracks in their crowded classrooms.   God has given me many opportunities to teach English Language Learners, and I always welcome that.  My family and I live on the west side of Indianapolis.  My husband, Andy, and I have 3 daughters (Sarah Grace 17, Anna 16, and Caroline 15). We worship and serve at One Fellowship Church.  In the free time I have after parenting 3 active teenagers,  I love wandering downtown, eating at international restaurants, and hanging out in my hammock with a book.”

Migros Academy tutors will build personal relationships with students from the refugee community to foster academic confidence and a lifelong passion for learning.

How Will the Migros Academy Work?

  • Once a week tutoring sessions designed to address math and reading skills, as well as relationship building.
  • The tutoring sessions will have a specific schedule and structure to maximize the time that the student and tutor have together. 
  • We will select 25 students (grades K-8) who demonstrate an interest in academic pursuits and positive attitudes. Each student will be paired with a tutor who will make a 9-week commitment to weekly tutoring sessions over the summer.
  • All tutors will apply, complete background checks and volunteer waivers, and attend Migros 101.
  • Tutoring sessions will begin at student homes to build trust between tutors, parents, and students. If all parties are comfortable, the sessions can later take place at other locations

Wiggins reflects further,  “Through our process, young people will realize their unlimited potential and make meaningful contributions to their families and communities. • There are bright, eager students in the refugee community who have great potential for leadership and academic success. This new generation of Americans can take advantage of all the world has to offer them and can offer their own gifts and hard work to their communities when they have the necessary tools. Their untapped potential is a detriment to them and their communities! • Their parents are committed to their students doing well in school because most immigrant families value education. Most of the parents, however, are working long hours, are unfamiliar with the American education system, and have not yet become fluent in English. These factors make it difficult for them to assist their children with homework. • America is richer when immigrants bring new perspectives that immigrants bring to the table. All Americans benefit when immigrants succeed.

Refugees in Indianapolis give $14 to launch UKRAINE REFUGEE FUND to assist refugees fleeing war in Ukraine

Refugees in Indianapolis give $14 to launch UKRAINE REFUGEE FUND to assist refugees fleeing war in Ukraine

On Thursday, March 3 at our weekly CARE club we had a special program to reflect and respond to the war in Ukraine and the over 1 million refugees who have fled. We launched the Migros Aid Ukraine Refugee Fund and set a goal to raise $50,000. click here to donate

Channel 8 news was there to tell the story how the refugee community, who themselves had fled war, want to help refugees in Ukraine. Young people in the group wrote letters that will be mailed to refugees fleeing Ukraine. Also, a total of $14 was collected, all from young people, to assist refugees in Europe. A song was shared by Nick Sahaidachny and he spoke about how his parents fled Ukraine in the 1930s.

Joseph Mosse also shared his story of being raised in Ukraine and how many of his friends are in danger.

Migros Aid has launched a UKRAINE REFUGEE FUND and our goal is to raise $50,000 to bring aid and assistance to the refugee crises that has emerged as a result of Russia’s invasion. We will be be partnering with groups in Poland and Romania where we have relationship.

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Empowering Afghan Refugees through Weekly English Classes

Empowering Afghan Refugees through Weekly English Classes

As Afghan refugees have moved to Indianapolis, we have been having English classes since November 2021 on a weekly basis in the community. We are so grateful for the several volunteers who are helping. We desire to continue these small classes through 2022.

The women’s class has been meeting for two days per week and is currently taking a break. We helped some of the more advanced, educated women enroll in a local English school to get daily English classes. The class provides emotional support for these women, too.

A class for men has been meeting weekly as well who are from Afghanistan.

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