Immigration and refugee programs in October; In their own words Oct. 29

Everyone is invited to join us on Oct. 29 when three local refugees will discuss their experiences and address current immigration issues, starting at 10 a.m. Speakers include:  Yang Xiong, executive director of the Southeast Asian Assistance Center (Although he is currently forming a new organization to work with elderly Hmong, since he feels that there aren’t services or a sense of community for older refugees, such as his parents.) Ban Elsaffar, who lives in Sacramento with her mother and two sons. Left Iraq in 2006 and until 2014 lived in Syria, Egypt and Jordan awaiting a US. She is a practicing Muslim interested in sharing how their religion views and honors Jesus and Veronica Bartell, a first-generation Mexican immigrant who lived in El Paso as a child and watched her community offer assistance as immigrants crossed the border into the US desperate for a better opportunity.

This inspirational program is part of the immigration aspect of Westminster’s program year of “Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly.” The program “Radical Hospitality” will be presented on Sundays on Oct. 15, 22 and Nov. 26. There will also be a Nov. 12 presentation by Kirt Lewis, executive director of World Relief Sacramento and a program on DACA on Nov. 19. All programs begin at 10 a.m.