be a safe community of healing for refugee women and their children, restoring their dignity as ones created in God’s image by caring for their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
ignite the body of Christ to join Jesus’ compassion for the most vulnerable among us, welcoming the displaced from other nations into the safety of the Father’s heart.
Our core values
unhurried simplicity, unplugged rhythms, life-giving hospitality.
At Abba’s House we seek to provide a season of safety, healing, and stability that propels our guests forward to becoming productive members of society. We seek to meet their physical needs, model basic life skills, and make progress toward dealing with the trauma they have experienced. Most importantly, we seek for them to encounter the love of Jesus through His people and the rhythms of life at Abba’s House.
“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. 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.
Our Response to this Need
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 community garden, and providing a space of rest and hope so they are in a better position to continue their resettlement process. Anticipating a stay of 6-8 weeks, we strive towards a clear progression:
Entry phase – provide a safe place to simply rest, heal, and fall apart if needed. We will meet their basic needs as we enfold them into the daily rhythms of life in the Abba’s House family
Middle phase – orient them to American life through volunteers assisting 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 if they choose
Exit phase – progress made towards stabilization: welcome fellow refugees, help with daily tasks of home and garden, engage in productive conversations, share the story of their journey, and actively prepare for the next phase in their resettlement process.
Opening spring of 2018, we expect to immediately have a waiting list as we work with Refugee Services of Texas (RST), and possibly YMCA International Services and Catholic Charities, receiving the most vulnerable of the women who come to them from UNHCR refugee camps. The most likely people group is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We expect these women and children coming from such a rural, hostile environment to need additional time to rest, heal, and adjust to American culture, before beginning their resettlement process through RST and the government agencies.
- Refugee Services of Texas in Houston (RST)
- YMCA International Services
- Catholic Charities of Houston Refugee Services
House of welcome most similar to us…Jubilee Partners (outside of Atlanta Georgia).
Nearest refugee houses of welcome to us: