Our Assistance to Afghan Refugees


In the coming months, tens of thousands of Afghani refugees will be resettled in the United States. The large majority of these people have assisted the US military and intelligence communities as translators, drivers, logistics workers, and in other important ways over the past 20 years.

The Taliban has made clear in the past and there is evidence already that these people’s lives are in grave danger if they stay in Afghanistan. Sadly, they are being driven out of their country to a very uncertain future.

The Isaac Ishmael Initiative will partner with several agencies in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to help resettle some of these refugees. Lancaster has long been a hub for refugee settlement, in part because of the influence of the Mennonite community. The State of Pennsylvania works through a number of agencies – Church World Service, Bethany Christian Service, and Immigration Service Center  to name a few – to provide the resources to refugees.

We at The Isaac Ishmael Initiative will support Afghan families in their resettlement process. We are receiving donations which will be earmarked for:

  • Initial housing costs (rent)
  • Food staples for up to 3 months
  • Clothes for all family members
  • English language acquisition for parents and children
  • Tuition assistance for job training

To give to the Afghan Refugee Assistance Fund click HERE.

Holy Land Trip Concludes

We finished our most recent “Not Your Grandmother’s Holy Land Tour” with 25 participants. This year we expanded the itinerary by a day and included more speakers and sites. Next year we will host two tours. Details and registration to follow in January, 2019.

Elias Nawawieh Joins the Team

The Isaac Ishmael Initiative is excited to announce that Elias Nawawieh is joining the team. Elias is a Palestinian Christian who grew up in Bethlehem. He has worked for several years to serve refugees communities in Jordan and he will continue his work under Isaac Ishmael. Elias works closely with Good Shepherd Travel to co-lead our Holy Land tours, along with Brian Newman.