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US: Finding Refuge

Aimee Knight
Posted July 20, 2016 from United States
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When Aimee's life was in danger, she had a place to go to. Why doesn't everyone?

“My heart goes out to all who are looking for refuge in the world.

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AimeeKnight | US

In the middle of the night my son and I fled with nothing but the clothes we wore, away from a dangerous situation and towards an unknown future. In the patrol car, as we were escorted from one county border to another, I prayed for strength, guidance, and safety.

The intake process at the shelter was grueling; I was afraid and tired of the fear. If I left out the details we might not be admitted—and then where would we go? That night my mind was filled with worry about what the next day would bring. I fell asleep staring at mold on the ceiling, my thoughts drowned away by the sound of water dripping from a leak in the roof.

Fifteen years have passed. The kindness of strangers gave us a new home and a family. The grace of God has kept us safe and well. I served on the board of this shelter for eight years and together we raised more than enough funds for a new roof. There is an entirely new building providing safety and shelter to those seeking refuge.

My heart goes out to all who are looking for refuge in the world, whether they are fleeing the threats of one person or the violence and turmoil of a war. I pray that they find peace and safety and may the grace of God move the hearts of strangers to their aid.

The world needs us to see beyond borders. It is not a political question. It is not a religious issue. It is a human need. It is about grace, hope, and love.

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  • Nusrat Ara
    Jul 20, 2016
    Jul 20, 2016

    Thanks for sharing your story Aimee. The world definitely needs to see beyond borders. It is all about humanity.

    Love

  • Aimee Knight
    Aug 03, 2016
    Aug 03, 2016

    Lots of love to you, Nusrat. Thank you!

  • William
    Jul 22, 2016
    Jul 22, 2016

    Aimee, your openness will encourage other women to share their fears and successes. Only when we are open, vulnerable, can change begin. Your story of your success now would fill a book. Thank you for sharing. I am proud to call you my friend. William

  • Aimee Knight
    Aug 03, 2016
    Aug 03, 2016

    Thank you so much, William. I truly appreciate your continued support and encouragement.

  • Paul Frank
    Jul 23, 2016
    Jul 23, 2016

    Bravo!

  • Aimee Knight
    Aug 03, 2016
    Aug 03, 2016

    Thank you, Paul!

  • Ahdi Hassan
    Jul 23, 2016
    Jul 23, 2016

    I am highly appreciated your story and I am supremely proud of you. Killers use words like honour to protect themselves from punishment. Words that are used to justify killing of women must be completely banned.

  • Aimee Knight
    Aug 03, 2016
    Aug 03, 2016

    Thank you, ahdihassan, for your heartfelt comment.

  • Celine
    Jul 23, 2016
    Jul 23, 2016

    Succinct!

    "The world needs us. ... It is a human need. It is about grace, hope, and love."

    Thank you Aimee.

  • Aimee Knight
    Aug 03, 2016
    Aug 03, 2016

    Thank you, Celine!

  • Olutosin
    Jul 23, 2016
    Jul 23, 2016

    I love you as always.

    I love your voice my sister!!

  • Aimee Knight
    Aug 03, 2016
    Aug 03, 2016

    Love you too, dear sister. Thank you!

  • Michele Paynter
    Jul 28, 2016
    Jul 28, 2016

     Hi Aimee,

    You are to be commended in your courageous determination to flee from such a dangerous situation ( or abusive relationship) you and your son were involved in. You sought safekeeping at an area shelter, later, offering advisement to that shelter, sitting on the organization's board of advisors.

    You are a proud example for any woman in an abusive relationship, that she does not have to remain in that situation as a victim. I applaud you, too, in offering your son a safe environment to grow up, realizing that all men are not abusers. Aimee, thank you for sharing your story. I hope that you are doing well in your life now!

  • Aimee Knight
    Aug 03, 2016
    Aug 03, 2016

    Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I do hope this story encourages others. No story is identical but we can share rays of hope. My little family is well and happy!

  • mae me
    Nov 08, 2017
    Nov 08, 2017

    Dear Aimee, your story reminds me of the Rohingya and Syrian refugees fled and seeking refuge. A baby was born stateless and some kids died because of illness.  But thank God, despite what they have experienced there are people who are trying to provide support on them, though it is not enough. 

    This is calling our attention that there is a NEED and we should all unite for each other for we are living in one soil, breath the same air just with different nationalities.