Afghan Hospitality Ministry

FUMC Tulsa has made a long-term commitment to come alongside five Afghan families to show our hospitality and assist them through the transition to living in the United States.


All five of our Afghan families have moved in and are transitioning to life in Tulsa. Children are attending school, parents are participating in English classes, families are learning about shopping, budgeting, and the American culture, men are working. Our Support Teams are assisting with the English lessons, transportation, medical appointments, shopping, trips to the Mosque, learning about everyday things like the Tulsa trash system, operating various appliances, riding the bus and preparing for the arrival of several babies.
Our church ministry continues to grow. Opportunities to volunteer have been expanded in two areas. Church members are encouraged to form a small team to come alongside the one of the 150+ families in or soon-to-be in permanent housing or volunteer to participate in (ESL) English training.

Family Support Teams

There are 150+ families in or soon-to-be in permanent housing that do not have Support Teams like the five support teams that our church has already formed. Churches in the greater Tulsa area are forming teams to come alongside the families to help them through the transition. Would you like to form a team from within our church? If so, simply reach out to a few of your church friends. A team can be as few as four people and as many as eight. Training will be provided. If you are interested, contact Tracey Hall, FUMC Afghan Hospitality Ministry Liaison, at  [email protected].

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Welcomers International has established a teaching facility in the neighborhood of several of our families. Would you like to become an ESL teacher or simply a volunteer? Here is how: email Kathleen Byrd at [email protected] and request an application. The process includes a background check and training.

The Teams at Work...

One of the Transformed Homes...

Essential Items Supply Room:

Our church is focused on coming alongside our families and helping them in a number of needs. These needs include "essential items." Our families have the opportunity to come to our church monthly to select items from our Essential Items Supply Room. If you would like to donate any of these essential items, simply drop them off at the Boulder Avenue welcome desk.
  • Tall kitchen bags
  • Light bulbs - 60 and 45 watts
  • Multi surface cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Window Cleaner
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Swiffers
  • Paper towels
  • Dryer sheets
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Shaving cream
  • Feminine sanitary pads
  • Shampoo
  • Bath soap
  • Body lotion
  • Toilet paper
  • Kleenex
  • Paper Napkins
  • Band Aids

Clothing Needs:

Our church is helping provide some basic clothing needs for our families. Would you like to help? Simply note on your donation AHM Clothing Fund. Click on Donate to the Initiative above to give.

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