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Afghan Family Update

UPDATE February 7, 2022

It’s been two weeks since our Afghan family moved into their apartment and all is well! Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the Oak Grove congregation, the family is now enjoying a well-stocked kitchen, a comfortably-furnished living area, and plenty of household supplies. Oak Grovers also helped with shopping, educational opportunities, and scheduling and transportation for appointments and classes. And more good news: the head of household applied for and landed a job!

Who would’ve imagined this one month ago when they first set foot in Minnesota? Thank you, thank you, thank you!

At this time, we have no identified needs from Oak Grove other than cash donations and prayers for this young family (and so many others) undertaking this most major transition. Donations will go to priority items such as fabric/sewing supplies and transportation needs. Donations are also accepted via credit card/ACH (click on the button below and select Afghan Family Support using the drop-down menu).

Donate by credit card or ACH (Checking)

Thanks for all you’ve done so far to be a partner in welcoming this family, Oak Grove. Those who attended yesterday’s Faith Formation conversation no doubt agree: we all are enriched by this chance to journey together and to learn along with our newest neighbors! 

Update on our Afghan Family, January 20:

Not all ordered items have quite arrived, but an empty apartment has been turned into a space ready for a family’s landing! Thank you, thank you worker bee organizers and movers and the many, MANY Oak Grovers and friends who have donated time, talents, and treasure! 

volunteer workers

Update on our Afghan Family, January 18: Wow!! Our congregation is amazing. All items on the donation list have been purchased and donated! We are still accepting gift cards or cash donations to pay for food and other needs.

An apartment in Minneapolis has been found, and move-in day is this Thursday, January 20! Our plan is to clean and move everything on Wednesday, January 19. We’d love to have donations ordered or brought to church by Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Please contact Sue Greimel (, 612 805-2896) with questions or if you are willing to volunteer to help with cleaning, moving, and welcoming on Wednesday/Thursday.