After 13 years of life in a refugee camp in Meunt Mei, Burma, Nan Lone Kham and her family finally heard the news that they would be resettled in the United States. She and her husband were determined to build a good life for their children in the United States, but they knew it wouldn’t be easy. So Nan Lone Kham studied as much English as possible before arriving in the United States.
When they were resettled by LIRS’ local partner, Refugee Services of Texas, Nan’s family found that life in the U.S. was indeed a challenge. Nan was grateful she had studied English, yet finding jobs and adjusting to school was difficult.
In addition to the assistance of Refugee Services of Texas, an area congregation, Lifebridge Lutheran Church, connected with the family. The warm welcome and genuine care the church provided boosted Nan Lone Kham’s confidence and the whole family’s comfort level in their new community.
President of LIRS Linda Hartke had an opportunity to visit with the church and family when they had been here for a few months. She noted the family was successfully integrating into the community in large part because of the support they received from Lifebridge. Linda says today, “The relationship and practical support of this loving congregation made all the difference for Nan and her family.”
LIRS is grateful for churches like Lifebridge Lutheran Church for helping families like Nan Lone Kham’s adjust to find their new home in the United States. Refugees like this family can spend decades waiting in camps, with little hope of freedom, education, a better life, or a home of their own. The support of local Lutheran churches makes their resettlement easier, and we’re so grateful!