This is My Story:

Migration Storytelling Project

The “This is My Story” Project is dedicated to sharing stories about migration. This space is created to honor the stories of those with personal migration stories and those who have been blessed by people on the move—whether that migration is national or international, voluntary or involuntary. As Christians, we hope these stories will grow our empathy, awareness, and understanding of global migration, and what the Bible says about migration and loving people on the move.
The “This is My Story” Project is part of the Reformed Church in America Refugee Care Ministries.
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Jael

Jael's husband was detained by immigration just a few weeks after their wedding. Her husband is still detained nearly two years later. It hasn't been easy. And yet Jael can see God at work.

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Rebecca

Rebecca, one of the Sudanese lost girls, shares what it was like to come as a refugee to the U.S. after fleeing the Sudanese Civil War.

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Muang

Muang is an 11-year-old in Myanmar. When violence broke out in his village in 2012, he and his family had to flee and leave everything behind.

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Eddy

I was born in Managua, Nicaragua, in February of 1971. Nicaragua had gone through many years of political and civil unrest...

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Marco

Growing up in Guatemala, Marco barely had enough to eat. He dreamed of a life in America like he saw in movies. So when he heard work visas were available for farm workers in the U.S. and Canada, he was determined to obtain one.

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Wendy

Over the last 4 years my life has been richly blessed by relationships with refugees and asylum seekers. As a result...

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Gael

It still feels like it was yesterday, but it’s been 10 years since my family came to this country (the U.S.) as refugees...

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Rev. Jack

My mother used to invite everyone into the house, "Strays", my dad called them. People stuck on the road out front, exchange students...

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Jessica

All I knew about people from the Middle East or Muslims for that matter was what I saw on TV. Which did not paint a flattering picture, a lot of violence...

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Sophia

I’ve wondered a lot about the life of my friend, Z, when she was my age (14)–before the war broke out in Syria, so I drew this picture...

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Tim

I decided to share this poem because I’ve found that few people understand how complicated it is to live, work, and worship...

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Amal and Adam

Our story is very similar to the stories of people who have endured the disasters of wars. In the war we lost many blessings...

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Sam

Sam is a Quaker who lives in Hull. He was part of a Churches Together in Britain and Ireland delegation that visited migrant and refugee programs of Mediterranean Hope and the Waldensian Church of Italy in Lampedusa and Sicily in April 2017.

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Agshin

I was born (in mid-seventies) in a nation that does not exist anymore—Soviet Union. Nowadays I'm a citizen of Azerbaijan but I have lived in the United States for the last fifteen years.

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Eliza

I was waiting patiently for the plane to de-board and had turned my phone back on to check for messages. I had just landed in Wichita, KS, for work, and the clear blue sky and open plains were visible from almost every window.

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Hannah

These prints are meant to function as simple and symbolic visual reminders. To keep something in the home as an image to signal solidarity and intercession.

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Blaine

Spending time with refugees often reminds me that those who live on the margins wrestle with questions in ways I am not familiar. Take the COVID-19 pandemic as an example.

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A

The world is full of people who will take a glance at me, hear my accent, and assume they know who I am or mark me as an “illegal immigrant,” as if that is all I am.

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Kristin

It was a cold day in November. Pastor Brian received a phone call from a member of our congregation, wondering if he would be willing to make a pastoral call to a young Hispanic woman living in a nearby town. Brian shared this call with the staff at our Thursday morning prayer time.

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B

On the 29 of June 2017 at 2:00 a.m., 20 or more men entered my home to kidnap my family. These men don’t care if you are young or old. They didn’t care that my little sisters and stepsister were crying in fear.

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Sandy

Sandy came to New Jersey from Aleppo in northern Syria, a battleground between the government’s army and the Islamic State. Before she left, Sandy would wonder when leaving her house if she would ever come back.

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Gerri

Gerri Yoshida was born in the United States, but as an Asian American, she has also experienced racism and bullying that many immigrants encounter. She explains why she still has hope for reconciliation and healing.

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Susan

Susan, a palliative care chaplain, offered to donate her kidney to a woman who suffered kidney failure in a refugee camp. She heard about the woman, who was rushed to the United States for treatment, in her church bulletin. She turned out to be the only one who stepped forward.

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Pravena

I’m a senior at Western Michigan majoring in aerospace engineering and I’m from Malaysia. Lived in Malaysia all my life until I moved to the States in 2019 to further my studies...

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Clare

Clare, who is 14 years old, reflects on the patience and hard work it took her family to immigrate from the Philippines to America. It wasn't easy, but they never gave up.

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Eduardo

My parents made the bold and life-altering decision to move from their home in Mexico to build a new life in the United States...

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Migration stories from around the web

Valerie

Valerie took in two undocumented children as her own because her faith calls her to radical hospitality.

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Lynn

Amid a tide of AAPI hate, Lynn reflects on how she was shaped by her experiences growing up in a community of Asian immigrants to the U.S.

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JP

JP voted for the first time as a U.S. citizen in 2016. He shares what voting as an American citizen for the first time was like and reflects on what it meant to him.

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A refugee agency rebuilds its pipeline after Trump: ‘We’re starting from scratch’

Hollowed out by four years of drastic cuts to the number of refugees allowed into the country, the faith-based agencies that resettle families in the U.S. are gearing back up.

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