The Journey Together

Mother's Day Jewelry Sale

Ruth Ann North

If you want to make the world a better place, love a mom. They set the course for so many young lives. Moms nurture, shelter, and teach us when we are most vulnerable. Their love surrounds us as we wobble through our first steps, learn to speak, and reach out our hands to feel the world around us. The artisans of Refugee Beads have fled dangerous circumstances, survived devastation, and established homes for their children here in the United States. And now they want to help you honor the mothers in your life with their handmade jewelry. This year for mother's day, when you...

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A Trip To Remember

Ruth Ann North

    Over the 6 years we have lived in this neighborhood, I have had the privilege of getting to know some of the sweetest girs in the world! I have been to quinceaneras, graduations, concerts, and shared all kinds of wonderful memories with them. Several years ago I started doing a bible study with them.  Now we pray through life's many struggles together, learn God's truth and serve this community as brothers and sisters in Christ. Not only do these girls faithfully come to bible study, but they also volunteer consistantly at Creek Kids after school  program, mentoring, tutoring and serving!I love...

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Evangelina

Ian North

When Evangelina was fourteen, Ruthie and I took her on weekly visits to the DeKalb County Jail to see her brother, Nick.He sat down on the other side of the glass and looked at the three of us. His hair hung a little longer each week. He looked weary and edgy, worn by the rhythm of sunless days in his cell, unsure what would happen at his trial. When she took up the phone, he asked how she was. "Bored," she said. Her response was the same each time she visited him.After Nick was convicted and moved to a prison...

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Thankful Hearts

Ruth Ann North

Thanks for visiting Refugee Beads at our new home! After five years of ministry in this neighborhood, we felt a need to tell our story and give opportunities to be involved in a simpler, more inviting way. If you've followed us from our previous website, thank you. If this is your first time to visit us online, welcome. We plan to keep building this site to include more media, stories, and glimpses into the life of our neighborhood. Enjoy your visit, and remember to contact us if you would like to learn more or offer any suggestions.  

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Christmas in the Neighborhood

Ian North

Merry Christmas from the neighborhood, Friend.   A few weeks ago, eight of the youth from our neighborhood sat around our dining room table. Over tacos and cokes, we listened to a pregnant seventeen year old tell us about the father of her baby, who had been arrested and deported. He was trying to get back into the country to take care of his child. She last heard from him during a garbled phone call. He claimed to be in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Texas. He sounded like he was crying. She searched for his...

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