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Christ the King is sponsoring a family from Afghanistan in collaboration with Catholic Charites of Arkansas, our Interfaith Community, Pax Christi Little Rock, Divine Mercy Health Center, and Settled Souls.


Sherry Simon & Melanie Riley

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Our family of 7 arrived on December 6, 2021, and thanks to your generosity and countless hours of volunteer service, they have made wonderful progress in settling into their new life here in Little Rock. 

As of July 31, 2022, our family has met all their initial goals, including 

  • The Family has permanent housing

  • The Father has a full-time job

  • They have connected with their local Mosque

  • Language classes are ongoing

  • All Government ID/Programs/Applications have been made

  • School Age Children are enrolled in Public Schools

  • Medical/Dental needs are being addressed

  • The Father has a bicycle and knows how to ride the bus

  • The Father has a Learner's Permit to drive and is saving money to buy a car.

We are now entering into Phase II of our care, because while many milestones have been met, our family needs our help to continue learning and navigating life in the United States.  Please continue to pray for our family and all the volunteers who help them.

We'll continue to post updates and volunteer needs will be opening up to a wider group now that our family has had some time to adjust to their new surroundings. We will post their needs below and on our volunteer & donation pages. Thank you so very much for your prayers & support - you've made an incredible difference to the Urguni Family!


We need volunteers to help drive our family to various appointments, jobs, etc. Please contact Melanie Riley HERE if you'd like to help our family.

The story of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan reminds us of the beauty that comes from peaceful dialogue & encounters offered in love. May we find ways to love our neighbor, find beauty in our diversity, and bring peace into the world. Thank you all so much for your generosity!

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Giotto di Bondone | Public Domain

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