GlocalweblogoCome join us! Take a global trip by crossing the street! By welcoming those that have come to the doorstep of Boise as refugees you will have come to a far away place where the language and customs seem intriguingly strange. More importantly you will have come to the threshold of a sacred space where wondrous things can happen to all who dare to enter.

Glocal Community Gardens

Garden Work Crew 2018_07

Eleven years ago Mark VanSkiver, along with Mark Fischer, started the International and King’s garden. Mark Fischer retired from the garden about a year ago and Mark VanSkiver just handed over the reigns to Carolyn Langley this summer. To both Marks – Thanks so much for your vision, passion and faithful service that has not only blessed many people with fresh vegetables, but, more importantly, you have also provided opportunities for new friendships to be formed with our New American friends !  You will be missed, although, don’t be surprised if you see Mark VanSkiver leaning on a rake talking with some of the international gardeners. The friendships continue!!!

Also, thanks to Carolyn Langley, who is part of the Glocal staff and has been training with Mark VanSkiver over the last 4 months, will, among other things, be taking over the Glocal Community Garden responsibilities!  In the last 6 weeks there have been 4 work groups from Cole Community, Faith Coummunity Bible Church, YWAM and a few other churches (more than 100 volunteers!) that have worked along side our new American friends. Here’s a short garden update from Carolyn,

Garden - Carolyn & Ebfania
Carolyn & Ebifania (DRC)

“I’ve spent the majority of my time working in the Glocal Community Garden on Cole Community Church’s campus.  The garden is a half acre sub-divided into small plots where 40-50 refugees (New Americans) grow their produce.  Since April, the gardeners have been busy at work and have transformed the weeds into a field of crops!  A few plots opened up and it was a joy to welcome 5 new gardeners (3 Congolese, 2 Bhutanese)!  Many of them live in apartments, so this provides an opportunity to grow produce to feed their families.  Some of the vegetables are specific to their cuisine.  I believe it provides joy and healing as they adjust to life in Boise.”

The Glocal Community Gardens

Welcoming a new family…

A couple weeks ago we were at the Boise Airport as part of a group who were welcoming a new family. This family came from Malaysia where they had lived for over 20 years. The father is Rohingya and the mother is from Indonesia, so you can imagine our joy of getting to welcome this new family. They have Emi+Syukur+Sovia+Shahiratwo daughters, ages 17 and 11 and the oldest speaks fairly good English. This is quite amazing since in Malaysia she was only allowed to go to school for 4 years and then she spent the last 5 teaching herself English. As you have heard from us before the Rohingya are one of the most oppressed people groups in the world today. The genocide of the Rohingya people is a tragedy that requires international outrage and response. Here is an in-depth article by Szymon Barylski for Politico Magazine that helps to explain the Rohingnya plight: Click Here

Rohingya Refugees