Welcome to Abba’s House

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Learn more about Abba’s House and our Current Needs.

…a community of welcome, healing, and hope for refugee women and their children in the life-giving presence of Jesus.   “The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows…” Psalm 146:9 (NLT)

“Abba” is the Hebrew word for  “Father,” the name Jesus used  for his Father.  “And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts crying  AbbaFather!'”  Galatians 4:6abbas-house-2-logoOur mission is to be a safe community of healing for refugee women and their children, restoring their dignity as ones created in God’s image, caring for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

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Our Goal

The goal at Abba’s House is refugee women and their children who come to stay 4-6 weeks will experience a season of healing and stability that propels them forward on their way to becoming productive members of society. Their physical needs will have been met, basic life skills modeled, and progress made toward dealing with the wounds and trauma many of them have experienced. Most importantly, they will have encountered the love of Jesus through His people and the rhythms of life at Abba’s House.

“I cannot love my neighbor unless I get used to letting love go where knowledge cannot penetrate.  Prayer is the place where I can practice loving without knowing.”  Martin L. Smith

The Need

“Ruth” is representative of many refugees arriving in America.  She and her two children come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a nation torn apart by years of war and ethnic conflict.

When government forces destroyed her village, she was forced to flee for her life with nothing more than the clothes on her back and a child in each hand.  For the last 12 years she has gone from one refugee camp to another, experiencing firsthand the unspeakable injustices prompting human rights groups to label her country “the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman.”  Unlawful killings, mass rape, hunger, and torture have been a sad reality for “Ruth” and thousands of her displaced countrymen…producing deep wounds, but also a profound and vibrant faith with a fierce determination to survive.

The U.S. is a compassionate nation, granting refugee status to a set number of displaced persons like “Ruth” every year.  They come with almost nothing, and are provided some basic services, 3-4 months of financial support, and a chance at a new life.

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In that time, they must learn a new language, adjust to a new culture, enroll their children in school, and find employment to support their family.  Many make the transition well, but others (like “Ruth”) are in need of additional care and support before fully integrating into a self-sustaining life.

As the body of Christ, we are compelled to reach out to the most vulnerable in this group, knowing we have much to offer…and they have so much to give us as well.  Jam. 1:27 & Lev. 19:33-34


House of welcome after which we are most closely patterning Abba’s House is the Jubilee Partners (outside Atlanta Georgia)

Nearest refugee houses of welcome to us:

Casa Marianella (and Posada Esperanza) in Austin, Texas.

Casa Juan Diego in Houston, Texas.

Our Response

As we welcome refugee women and their children into Abba’s house, we will be inviting them into our family…sharing our lives, working side by side with them in the kitchen and in our garden, and providing a season of safety and healing so they are in a better position to continue on in the resettlement process.  Anticipating a stay of 4-6 weeks, we strive towards a clear progression:

Entry phase – provide a safe place to simply rest, heal, and even finally fall apart if needed.  We will meet their basic needs as we fold them into the daily rhythms of life in the Abba’s House family

Middle phase – orient them to American life, providing volunteers to assist in various areas: practice English, learn the basics of apartment life, navigate a kitchen, shop at a grocery store, receive counseling and spiritual guidance, and participate in the faith life of our Christian community.

Exit phase – encourage them to see themselves in a giving role:  welcome fellow refugees to Abba’s House, help with daily tasks of home and garden, engage in productive conversations, share the story of their journey with others, and actively prepare for the next phase in their resettlement process.


We will work through the following agencies to receive and welcome our guests:

Current Needs

Construction is ready to start!  

Abba’s House is being built in Sept-Dec of 2017 and we need your help! Three ways to help make this happen:

Donation of Professional Services

We need licensed and insured tradesmen of all sorts to donate their labor as Plumbers, Electricians, Concrete, Roofing, Etc.

Donation of Material Goods 

We have an extensive list of all that will be needed to build this home.  Lumber, Windows, Appliances, Roofing Materials, Landscaping, Etc.

For information, or to discuss the logistics of donating goods or services, please contact Paul Morrisett at 713.384.1353 or spmorrisett@yahoo.com

Financial Support

Financial Support is still our greatest need so that we can complete construction. Donations are greatly appreciated to cover for all those items/services that we can’t get donated.  If you would like to give a gift larger than $1,000, please contact us directly (this will save us unnecessary fees).

When you click the “Donate” button below, you will be redirected to our PayPal page.  This page is administered through LifeBridge Church (that is why it is titled “LifeBridge Church – Abba’s House”).  All financial gifts given in this way to Abba’s House are tax-deductible. Simply enter your dollar amount first, then click on your preference for giving.

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THANK YOU to the following businesses and individuals who have donated professional services or material support towards the building of Abba’s House :

  • House Blueprints – Nelson Design Group (link to:  https://www.houseplans.ninja)
  • Construction Oversight – Provided by Paul Morrisett
  • Dirtwork/pad site labor – Provided by Pat Henney

Volunteer Needs

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Contact Julie for more information or to volunteer. The following are needs we would ask of those desiring to help us prepare for the people God will bring to Abba’s House.

  • ESL certified teacher(s)
  • Translators
  • Teachers for refugee children
  • Doctors/nurses in varying health fields willing to help as needed (Contact Angie for more information)
  • Landscaping
  • Playground development
  • Community garden–planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, etc.

Donation Needs

Contact Mary  for more information about how and where to donate.

Clothes, toys, books, art supplies, games, etc. for women and children (once we have a place to store them)


Prayer Needs

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Contact Wendy for more information.

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  Mark 11:24