The Rev. Garang Gabriel Atem stood to address the crown of visitors. His kind eyes met the visitor’s as he described his refugee past and his adjustment to American culture. His soft smile beamed when he told of becoming a priest last year. Atem testified of God’s hand in his life, no matter where he was.
A team of BYU students won $5,000 and an opportunity for their ideas to be implemented by an organization positively impacting the refugee crisis.
The Provo-based Refugee Action Network recently began providing unique ways for college students to serve refugees.
Utahns gathered with balloons, posters, gifts and chocolate cake to welcome the last refugee family resettled by Catholic Community Services prior to the recent executive-ordered travel ban.
Y-Serve is making it possible for students to serve refugees locally and internationally through a program called Refugee.
The BYU chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society partnered with Y-Serve to host “Strangers No More,” a student service night in the Wilkinson Center on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The event was a combination of service projects to benefit refugees both in Utah County and around the world.