Sep. 15: Starting Anew

Like many ethnic minorities in Bhutan during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Chamlagai family fled to neighboring Nepal to escape government persecution.  There, they lived in a United Nations refugee camp, made up of small bamboo huts with little food and no electricity or running water.

In 2009, the Catholic Social Services Refugee Resettlement office in Charlotte, North Carolina helped the family—including Hari, who was only three when they fled—relocate to the United States.

After arriving in Charlotte, Hari still wasn’t sure what to expect.  However, a worker from the Resettlement Office met his family at the airport and helped ease their transition into American life by offering them everything from education to employment.

Hari, after working for six months at a warehouse, is now a caseworker for the same organization that helped him and his family so much.  He is repaying the kindness they showed him.

As tough as life’s challenges can be, God has a way of working them out for our greater good.

The Lord is my shepherd…He leads me in right paths.  (Psalm 23:1,3)

Strengthen our will as we face life’s obstacles, Father.

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