Afghan Training & Outreach
Afghan Refugees and Friends in San Antonio
For many years, RTL has been caring for the hundreds of Afghan refugees coming to San Antonio to escape the Taliban in Afghanistan. These SIV (Special Immigrant Visa) holders worked as translators, cultural advisors, and guides for the US military in Afghanistan, disguising their identities to avoid identification by the Taliban. Once identification was made, the U.S. government quickly moved them and their immediate families to safe havens in the US.
Upon arrival, these heroic families need care, support, friendship, and help to assimilate into a strange and confusing culture. Our goal is to help them thrive. RTL trains and leads volunteers in stepping up to meet these needs, delivering food and other items to many dozens of homes, and befriending the Afghan people in mutually enriching relationships where we receive as much as we give.
Even after the surge of families that arrived years ago we are still happily receiving new Afghan families who have been able to escape.
Contact us if you'd like to participate in becoming friends with the beautiful people of Afghanistan. There is so much we get to learn and share when we create lifelong friendships. Additionally, donations for welcome packages are greatly appreciated.
“I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
― Edward Everett Hale
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World Refugee Day Celebration
REACH|TEACH|LOVE is honored to be asked by the City of San Antonio to manage the World Refugee Day (WRD) celebration children's events and is privileged to be recognized in the proclamation for the day. We are hosting one part of the day as well as many other partners who will provide lots of food, fun, dancing, and games. The WRD was originated by the United Nations and is meant to recognize the plight of refugees around the world. Many refugees that we serve have worked hard with our military as translators, cultural liaisons, cooks, and many other jobs that serve the US military. In doing so, if their identities were uncovered they, and their families, often became immediate targets for assassination by the enemy and then receive Special Immigrant Visa's (SIV) to evacuate their families to safety. We have been privileged to befriend so many who are new to our beautiful city and help them acclimate with English, Education, Citizenship but most important, Friendship.
We are grateful to God for bringing the nations to us. So come help us out on June, 22nd, 2024, Saturday from 11-3pm INSIDE! Each activity needs several hands to assist the kids with crafts, games, coloring, face painting, and in general a whole lot of fun. Singles, Couples, Families, Seniors, and all hands on deck for the day are welcome. No skills are needed for many of the games, just a smile and willing hearts and hands. EVENT LOCATION: TBD for 2024
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Mission In Your City - San Antonio, TX
Our "Mission in Your City" events have always been a great success. One participant said, "I feel like I just got back from an overseas trip!" We host a 1-day experience of things you've probably never seen in your own city. Please contact us if you want to be on a list to be contacted for upcoming dates or for us to customize an event for your group. If you have a group of 6-9 we can schedule a MIYC for you! Friday's are best but we can do any day. The event is from 9am-4pm and transportation is provided during the event day. Experience and learn from completely different lives and cultures right here in San Antonio, Texas. The nations have come to us, so let's go!
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Ages 12 and up 12-17 must be accompanied by a parent.
Speaking and Training Opportunities
Reach|Teach|Love International is ready, able, and willing to deliver classes to your people and host a training event customized to your needs. We do this for free to help educate and elevate the understanding of what we, as Christians, can do for and with our new immigrant friends. Contact us today to customize a solution for you and your group.