World Relief Sacramento put on its first refugee simulation on Saturday, April 28th. The attendance allowed for participants to be arranged into 4 families, each with a story of a real refugee family but with different names. Participants stepped into the shoes of that family they were assigned, given 20 minutes to memorize “their story”, and spent an hour thereafter walking through different stations that portrayed the harsh realities that families go through when seeking refugee status. At the end of the simulation, participants got to hear the touching story of a Russian pastor from Sacramento and his experience seeking refuge in the United States as a child.
This experience is meant to provide an educational opportunity as well as space for empathy to grow for the refugees in our community. The feedback given thus far has encouraged World Relief Sacramento to fine tune the refugee simulation experience and allow the simulation to become a helpful resource in the Sacramento community!