August 2016

What an honor! This beautiful DASH mama named her child after the DASH volunteer who has sown so much welcoming love and compassion into their lives.

DASH family brings new life

"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.

Rebecca Shingledecker's Profile Photo "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

A message from the founder...
New dream for DASH

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.

Our new goals are to:
  • Solve the entire housing and isolation crisis of asylum seekers in the DFW Metroplex.
  • Consult and mobilize churches in other cities, outside of DFW, to create their own asylum seeker organizations.
What led to this change in vision?
  • If DASH grew too large, I feared we would lose our values of being a relational, church-based, Christ-centered ministry, and I feared being spread too thin to mange it... But now God has shown us wonderful examples  that keep their values while expanding, and He has brought many trust-worthy people to lean on.
  • Until now, we have not fund-raised. We have simply prayed for provision, and funds arrived without our asking or knowledge, including one very large donation, that has sustained us.
Then, I had a dream about DASH: saw myself peering out between jail bars watching people walk by without noticing my distress. I began to call out for help. People stopped, noticed, and went to bring their friends. Crowds of people came to help. Then my dismal jail cell expanded and transformed into a bright place including a kitchen, rest area and classroom.

Here is the point:
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.

Will you join us in making this new dream a reality?
--Ashley Freeman, Director



Upcoming Events

4-Year Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, September 11, 12 p.m.
Texas Girls Choir Building

4449 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth
Celebrate with international food, music, dancing, stories and volunteer recognition

FREE Dessert Reception Ask-Event
Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m.
Location: TBA

Be educated and inspired by true stories of our asylum seekers and our work. Join us in solving this crisis.

Recent Events

July 4th Celebration
"In Eritrea, you have no right to life and no freedom. The government can just kill you if they don't like what you say, or how you worship,"  said one former DASH asylum seeker, while watching fireworks.
But America is my home now, so this day is my Independence Day and Freedom Day too."

Ladera Prayer Walk
Ladera Palms is home to thousands of refugees and to 24 members of DASH Network.
Over 30 people walked and prayed, admiring the beauty of the diverse cultures and acknowledging before God the pain and brokenness that brought each refugee and asylum seeker here.

Pray for...
  • Abundant financial provision for expansion
  • God's wisdom and guidance as we expand
  • Blessed transitions for two men launching out of DASH into financial independence
  • Positive friends and teachers for the many DASH children starting school this month
  • A wife and two small daughters hiding in Zimbabwe to be granted U.S. immigration to rejoin the husband who is here
  • The new hosts, Monica and Victoria who just moved into Ladera

  • Men's Support
  • Mentor
  • Website Volunteer
  • Food Volunteer
  • Housing Volunteer
  • Host a table at our fundraiser
Email for more info or to apply.

  Mission Statement

In response to the compassionate and welcoming love of Jesus...
DASH Network exists to love asylum seekers by serving their physical and relational needs.

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