Helping Unaccompanied Refugee Youth
I can't even imagine...
Posted by Kaylee K on Friday, October 7, 2011
Prepare my heart, O Lord. There really is nothing worth doing in this world apart from God. The ways of man are empty without a bigger power behind us. Our vision is small without a Universal perspective. But, when God is on our side, look out!!
4 years ago, Lord, you said “Italy”. Now John and I get to see what you were talking about. As we prepare for this journey, please prepare us, Father. Who is it you want us to meet? What is it you want us to do? For only those things will matter in the big picture.
I could try to imagine what this journey will be. But God has shown me time and again that my imagination pales in comparison to His reality.
When I first imagined what it meant to follow God and stepped into my Christian faith, I had no idea what these past 10 years would hold. I discovered who Christ is and, in that, discovered who I am. He led me to meet a man, John, who truly seeks after God’s heart and invited me to embrace the brokenness that he carries along with my own to make one, big messy life together with God at the center helping us to clean it up and use it for His good.
God introduced me to friends who truly pray and seek His desire for their lives and then act upon it. 10 years ago I didn’t know what that looked like; today, I can’t imagine doing it differently.
Then God broke my heart for what breaks His – the widow, the orphan, the alien. And now, I have no choice, but to follow Christ into their brokenness and discover how to trust Him to such an extent as to truly give of my life so that others may know Him and live.
This is a reality I could not have imagined 10 years ago. Now, I can’t imagine life any differently. And, I humbly recognize that I can’t even begin to imagine what God will do from here if we (John and I together) are willing to follow His lead. Here goes….
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John and Kaylee Kolditz
Kaylee founded Refugee Connect in 2008. John joined the work in 2011 as we investigated the refugee situation in Europe. But our faith and cross-cultural journeys have been a work-in-progress for many years. Much of this blog reflects that. ************************************************ We met in Austin, TX, while volunteering at a serving event at Gateway Church and have been married since 2002. Marriage, parenting and ministry all require a great deal of intentionality, humility and true reliance on God for strength, wisdom, and grace. It is a journey we are grateful to be on together. Ultimately, what matters to us is building into meaningful relationships in ways that, to the best of our ability and by God's grace, demonstrate the love and hope Jesus freely offers to us all. ************************************************ We bring both business and ministry backgrounds into our current work. John started a business in his 20's and helped build several other businesses. He has also served with churches in a variety of roles including as an assistant pastor, director of community development, and missions board member. Kaylee left her marketing career to become the global missions director for our home church in Austin, TX, then founded a local refugee ministry, and became TEFL certified (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in order to prepare for our work overseas. We have led short-term teams domestically and internationally, and served with a variety of cross-cultural ministries. In 2008, we sensed a call to build into the church in Europe, which was also around the time when God broke Kaylee’s heart for refugees. Since then, God has continued to weave together this heart for refugees, desire to serve alongside the church, and focus on His call to Europe.
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