Muntaha is a forty year-old widowed refugee with three sons aged 7, 8 and 11 years old. She and her husband lived in Baghdad and her husband worked as a delivery driver for the US Army, delivering concrete building materials.

In June of 2005, Muntaha’s husband kissed his family goodbye and left for work. The next day, she received a call that her husband had been killed the previous morning by Al-Qaida terrorists. Picking up the pieces of their lives, Muntaha and her family began their lives without their husband or father.

A year and a half later, Muntaha began receiving threats that she and her children would also be killed because of her husband’s work with the United States government.  She and her boys escaped to Lebanon, where she filed to be resettled as a refugee.  After a lengthy interview process, Muntaha and her boys arrived in the United States.

Through the assistance of St. Matthew Church in Ceres, California, World Relief Modesto was able to get Muntaha an apartment and the all the necessary furnishings.   Yulia Joseph, Case Manager said, “Without knowing her story, I knew she and her children needed our help. I prayed for God to help us with this case. Our office, with the help of St. Matthew Church, took the case.” Not only did St. Matthew Church meet Muntaha at the airport when she arrived, they welcomed her with hugs and greetings. One refugee family that has been here over a year insisted on taking them home with them that night.

Today, Muntaha and her sons now live in a house.  Each Sunday, someone from the church picks up Muntaha and her family for church. They are surrounded by a community that helps them and loves them, providing them with both a physical and personal image of Jesus.

Answering the Call
Tim answered the call. He’d come into the World Relief office on a business call and left fulfilling a much greater call.

As a seasoned mural painter, he had been recruited to paint the World Relief logo on the office wall.  As he began to learn more about World Relief and its vision, Tim desired to be involved in a more tangible way.  He chatted with refugees during his breaks, exchanging broken English phrases, learning key words in their language and enjoyed some of the ethnic cuisine given by clients.  As he connected with individual refugees, something came alive in him.

With a burdened heart for the Middle East, he has always desired to teach English in a predominantly Muslim country.  Now, he has been given the opportunity to befriend young Arabic men in Modesto as an answer to this desire. Tim now spends some of his evenings drinking Turkish coffee and living out the Gospel with his new brothers.