A year with refugees & Episcopal Migration Ministries

 

What a busy year it’s been! We’ve had a moment to catch our breath and will be working to catch you up on all the awesome projects this year has brought with it.

Once again, one of our most rewarding experiences has been the chance to travel around the country telling the story of Episcopal Migration Ministries & the thousands of refugees they support. We drove around Boise, ID with Benjamin, a Congolese refugee turned driving instructor… we watched Nung Sin, a little girl from Burma thrive in her New Bern, NC elementary school. From Atlanta to Austin we saw communities come together to do something that sounds so simple… welcome the newcomer.

Among the many lessons of hard work, humility and resilience that these new American’s have taught us, I think we came away from these shoots with a new perspective on our country. I know it sounds cliche, but immigrants (many of whom come as refugees) make this country the prosperous place it is. That’s clear when you hear about refugees riding their bikes 10 miles to a minimum wage job or creating a prosperous photography businesses from the ashes of a former life.

This year’s work culminated in the above video, which attempts to tell the story America as built by Refugees. I think it’s a legacy we can all be proud of. Thank you again to EMM and all of our amazing refugee friends… you make our job the most fulfilling in the world.

Here are four of the video series we produced in Boise, New Bern, Austin & Atlanta:

 

 

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