On Saturday April 2, 2011, a group of people from WordServe decided to connect their faith to everyday life when they met at Wal-Mart to purchase bicycles for refugees in the Houston area. Bicycles are an important part of life for refugees in this country as bikes are often their primary means of transportation. Bicycles also allow them to keep in touch with each other and friends in the community. But something as simple as a bicycle can be very hard to come by as a refugee just coming to this country, and for many, it is a luxury they simply cannot afford. So, a group of WordServe servants gathered at Wal-Mart one Saturday to purchase bikes for the refugee community. We also collected used bicycles from friends and neighbors. In all, 12 bicycles, 12 helmets, and 12 locks were provided to the refugee community! Here’s an account from one of the WordServers who helped deliver the bikes:
We were able to deliver all 12 bikes to 4 different families from the Karen tribe in Burma. The conflict in Burma has driven millions of Karen to the Thailand border where they have been trapped in refugee camps, some for decades. The Thailand-Burma camps notoriously have some of the worst living conditions in the world.
It was an absolute privilege to meet these 4 Karen families. They were mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, just like us. Seeing their smiles and hearing their laughter as they practiced riding around their apartment complex was just an amazing experience. They offered us food and a place to sit in their homes and invited us to share a bit of their life. They showed us pictures of weddings and baptisms. They gathered neighbors and friends to welcome and thank us. It was a tremendous blessing to serve them. We look forward to serving in this community again and welcome the the way God used their joy, courage, and faith to challenge our own.