Saint Francis Migration Ministries will celebrate World Refugee Day, and you’re invited

June 2018 · Ministry News

In honor of World Refugee Day 2018, Saint Francis Migration Ministries, Saint Francis Community Services’ Wichita-based Refugee Resettlement program, will host a free celebration featuring live music and dancing, food, crafts, family-friendly activities, children’s soccer games and more on Wednesday, June 20, from 4 – 8 p.m.  at Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 2211 S. Bluff St.

“On World Refugee Day – designated by the United Nations to be held every year on June 20 – we honor the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees and celebrate those who have become our friends and neighbors here in Wichita,” said Angela Smith, Corporate Director of Mission Engagement for Saint Francis. “For decades, refugees from all over the world have been embraced by Wichitans, and our community has become stronger and more culturally enriched because of it.”


More than 20 area churches, arts groups, and other non-profits will host booths offering a variety of crafts, games and activities for all ages. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will continue inside the church.

Popcorn, snow cones and other snacks will be available for free. Food trucks will offer food for purchase from The Kamayan Truck, Noble House Hawaiian Foods, and Drury Ln. Bakery.

A partial list of activities includes:

  • Traditional African dances performed by area high school students
  • Live music performances
  • Free craft projects for children
  • Children’s soccer games
  • Hand-made craft items for sale

In addition to Saint Francis-Migration Ministries, a partial list of those hosting activities or booths include:

  • MarkArts
  • The Treehouse
  • Kansas Children’s Service League
  • Immigrant Family Support Network
  • Bethany Lutheran Church
  • Pine Valley Christian Church
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

Saint Francis Migration Ministries, through its affiliation with Episcopal Migration Ministries and the U.S. Department of State’s Resettlement Program, has helped to resettle more than 475 refugees and their families over the past six years. Most of the refugees are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea and Burma, and were approved for resettlement in Wichita through the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

To learn more about World Refugee Day or any Saint Francis Migration Ministries programs call (316) 977-9276 or visit The Saint Francis Foundation here.