Author Archives: Brenda Weatherly

About Brenda Weatherly

Christian wife and mother to 7 children, grandmother to 2. Woodlawn Refugee Ministry Team Leader. Refugee advocate in Knoxville, TN.

Intentional Quiet In The Midst Of Life’s Busyness

I have learned some hard lessons over the past few years since becoming active in refugee ministry. I have a big family which I love. I have many refugee friends that I also love. I have a strong desire to … Continue reading

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To The Woman At The Airport: I Am Sorry

My husband and I spent a beautiful 4 days in Miami this past week. He had business to do and I was tired of the gloominess of Knoxville’s winter. My parents offered to watch the kids so we could travel … Continue reading

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Refugee Realities: Inner City Woes

Last month, I learned of an alarming statistic about Atlanta’s inner city youth: 46% of inner city residents suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is reported that the violence and instability of inner city life is the culprit behind … Continue reading

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Good-bye 2017, Happy New Year! Family and refugee ministry update

Once again, another year comes to a close. I look back on 2017 and realize that a lot has happened over this past year. Namely, my husband, Mike, started a new profession after 25 years in the food service industry. … Continue reading

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Summer Fun on St. George Island

I usually write about refugee ministry and activities I am involved with because I want to bring awareness to my community (and beyond) of the continued needs of refugees once they are resettled. But today, I would like to give … Continue reading

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What Can I Do To Help Refugees?

I often receive the question, “What can I do to help refugees?” Here are a few things to help you get started in refugee ministry. “Sponsor” a single mother by weekly visits which could include sharing meals together, grocery shopping, … Continue reading

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“Your Life Matters To Me”

My last post was written about 6 weeks ago. In it, I stated that there were 20 Congolese refugees attending my church. The following week, that number grew to 30. Then the next week, 40. Now, there are over 50 … Continue reading

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Woodlawn Refugee Ministry

Last year at this time, I went to church each Sunday and instead of going into my designated Sunday school class, I sat at a small, glass table near the coffee area with one Burundian refugee, Benjamin. He wanted to … Continue reading

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So Many Needs, So Many Blessings

The past 2 months have been filled with an extraordinary amount of life. Here’s a picture blog of my life since October: October 2016 November 2016 December 2016

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Yearning For Community

*I am going to be posting some excerpts from my book in the next few blog posts for those of you who have not yet read it.* A yearning for community fills many refugeeā€™s hearts with longing for a home … Continue reading

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