Honoring Our Past, Celebrating Our Future

Rebuilding Hope, May 2014 edition
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WOC_Save_the_Date_web_banner600Join Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service on June 19 in celebrating 75 years of walking alongside more than 500,000 courageous migrants and refugees at our annual Walk of Courage Award Gala.

This year, we will be honoring two men who have helped create just and welcoming communities throughout their lives.

Rev. John Frerking, a retired Lutheran Pastor, will be honored for his dedication to providing a safe refuge for many families and children. Throughout the years, Rev. Frerking and Faith Lutheran Church assisted many families and individuals in finding homes, employment, and hope for the future. Read more about his story.

We will also be recognizing Rich Cho, the General Manager of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats and a former refugee from Burma for his success and continued support of immigrant students. Fearing for their lives, Rich and his family were sponsored by First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne, IN. Read more about Rich’s story.

Mawi Asgedom will serve as our Master of Ceremonies on this special evening. Mawi and his family became refugees in the Sudan during the 30-year civil war between Ethiopia and Eritrea.  After a brutal trek across the deserts of Africa and three years in a refugee camp, they were finally resettled in Wheaton, IL by World Relief in 1983.  Read more about what Mawi has done since arriving in the US.

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