Pennridge Lutherans for Refugee
Resettlement Sponsorship
"I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Matthew 25:35


Participating Lutheran Church Contact Persons


Pastor Jerry

Peace-Tohickon Perkasie
Dick Burkett

St. Andrew's Perkasie
Lynne Wescott 

St. James
Suzanne Fisher

St. John's Sellersville
Leah Woehr Grande

St. Luke's Dublin
Steve Gratias

St. Matthew's Kellerschurch
Marilynne Bagosy

St. Michael's Sellersville
Bruce Markley

St. Peter's
Line Lexington

Trinity Perkasie
Jim Garcia

Greetings Friends in Christ!

On Friday, July 29, two brothers from the Nabiyev family arrived at Philadelphia airport and were greeted by a contingent of church committee members and Lutheran Children and Family Service staff members.  Otabek Nabiyev and Balabek Nabiyev are two members of a twelve-member family who were sent ahead to prepare the way for the remaining part of the family.  The family consists of a mother and father with four adult sons and one adult daughter.  Two sons are married; one has a 1-year old daughter; one has two small children.  Otabek has informed us they expect the remaining family members to arrive in the United States in approximately twenty days.  Please keep in mind this information is unofficial.  However, it gives us an idea of when to expect the family to arrive.   

Otabek and Balabek have asked us to convey their sincerest gratitude for the generosity our members have given to help them settle in America.  As they stated in the greeting to our congregations “We thank everyone who has been helping us settle in our new life. 1000 times thank you.” 

We also would like to express our sincere appreciation to Dick and Joyce Burkett (from Peace-Tohickon Lutheran church) who were very instrumental in organizing the cleaning and furnishing of the Lutheran Community at Telford home on such short notice while both co-chairs were on vacation.  In addition, we wish to thank members who donated items or volunteered to help clean and prepare the house for the family.  Without your help we could not have accomplished this important task.  We also wish to thank Olga Smirnova from St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church who has agreed to be our interpreter for the family.  She was a tremendous help to us as we settled the Nabiyev brothers into their new home.  Finally, we wish to thank our church councils, and members who have contributed financial support, donated items, and volunteered to help us in this important ministry. 

Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare to receive the remaining family members.

 Your Servants in Christ

 Steve Gratias                                               Jim Garcia
 Co-Chair                                                       Co-Chair
 St. Luke’s Lutheran Church                        Trinity Lutheran Church


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Nabiyev Family News

Two Family Members Have Arrived
Two family members arrived on July 29, 2005.
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