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 assimilating into a strange and confusing culture. During the worst of the COVID pandemic, many lost their jobs and needed donations of food, clothing, and diapers in order to survive. Our goal is to help them thrive. RTL trains and leads churches and other teams of 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.
As the huge surge of Afghan refugees occurs with the withdrawal of the US military from Afghanistan, approximately 500 new families will arrive in San Antonio. RTL is continuing its coordination and leadership of the support effort among these new arrivals.
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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San Antonio Afghan Resettlement Program
RTL is partnering with an agency locally to help resettle Afghan families who have fled Afghanistan as refugees. Many have worked with our military in Afghanistan for years as translators, cultural liaisons, and other such help to the US military who had been there for 20 years. The program provides assistance for 3 months. We will be connecting those who wish to partner with Afghan refugee families in San Antonio and walking you through the process of relationship building and meeting needs among these refugees who have suffered so much trauma over the last few months and need love, acceptance, and practical help in adjusting to a radically new culture. Can you donate your time?
Contact us asap if you would like to do outreach or specifically walk through the process to partner with an Afghan family and we will be happy to facilitate that. THANK YOU!
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!
Contact us for more details.
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 immigrants and those who are hurting and in need. Contact us today to customize a solution for you and your group.