"Just when I feel worn out and empty my God blesses me with one of my long time wishes -- to have an African baby," said DASH Assistant Director Rebecca Shingledecker who always dreamed of being a missionary in Africa, after helping asylum seeker T.D. deliver a gorgeous baby girl July 20 in Fort Worth. "While she isn't mine to keep, she has my name (the one I hated growing up) and I have the honor of being her godmother."
What a difference a relational ministry makes! DASH was founded with a vision to provide for more than just physical needs, but to give of our very selves, welcoming asylum seekers as friends and family. Isolation, loneliness and fear define much of the asylum seeker experience. But how beautiful it is when those walls are broken down.
"My husband and I have decided to name the baby Rebecca and make her the godmother because it's important in my country to name the baby after the person who supported the mom through the birth and prepare for the baby," said T.D. whose lives have been forever impacted by DASH since April. "This is important to honor that person who takes care of us that way."
Fleeing persecution in her own country, T.D. was not only blessed by Rebecca's care and commitment, but also said she was blessed by receiving her first epidural, after having her first two children without!
Both T.D. and Rebecca expressed their gratitude to each other, the DASH Network and to their Lord, who gives new life in so many ways.
"If the floors of the hospital weren't so hard, I'd fall on my face in worship now," said Rebecca the day her namesake was born. "How great is our God."
--Ashley Freeman, Director
Since our founding nearly four years ago, we have functioned only as a ministry of City Church. Now, we believe that God is expanding our vision to become a 501(c)3 non-profit that partners churches and people together in DFW, creating branches of DASH. While we will forever be partners with, and be grateful for the leadership and support City Church has provided, we now see this as just the first of more branches of DASH.
If we remain silent, people will keep walking by, and DASH won't grow.
If we speak out, DASH will expand to better serve more asylum seekers.
While this new dream for expansion, to solve the entire asylum seeker housing and isolation crisis in DFW is bigger than us, we believe this can and will be accomplished with God's help.