#Purposeful – The Refugee Crisis Through the Eyes of a Former Refugee. A Personal Story.

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Today in this episode of the Purposeful Series I interview Aden Batar, who was a former Somali refugee who fled with his family from Somalia during their Civil war in 1992. Over the 2 years that they hid in silence in Somalia Aden and his family experienced constant threats to their life, and sadly faced the death of his 2 year old son due to the conditions of the war-torn country and the family’s inability to access proper medical care.  Aden chose a life of service once he arrived in America and has dedicated his life to the work of helping other refugees resettle and properly integrate in America through the services of the resettlement agency he works with. 

In this interview Aden shares his experience of fleeing the Civil war in Somalia and seeking refuge first in Kenya and finally, the United States. He also brings to light the truth behind the current refugee crisis worldwide and the desperate state that many families are experiencing as a result of this. Having dedicated nearly 25 years of his life to working with refugees and having first-hand experience of his own, Aden reveals the realities behind who the refugees are as people, and what they are truly hoping for by seeking refuge in America. 

Currently a key component of refugees recieving proper help and resources to restart their life in America is through the resettlement agencies that are located throughout the Country. These agencies are becoming more scarce as the current refugee admissions ceiling decreases every year and funding for these agencies are retracted. If this continues down the path it’s headed then families seeking shelter and safety will be left without recourse and continue to experience more hardships in addition to the ones they are fleeing from.

The different ways that we can support and assist resettlement agencies in their efforts to help refugee families in need is through the following:

  1. Advocate: Reaching out to your Congressional Representatives and leaders to communicate your support of resettlement agencies staying open and receiving the funding needed to help refugees.
  2. Donate: Contribute to the cause through financial support and donate so that staff and volunteers can continue to fund their programs and services. Follow this link here to donate to the Catholic Community Services that Aden Batar works at as an Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Director .
  3. Volunteer: Contribute to the cause through your time and see how you can get involved at a resettlement agency near you. There are volunteering opportunities that range from being a mentor to fostering a child who is unaccompanied by a parent and in need of a loving environment. Find a resettlement agency near you with this link and get involved!

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#Unbroken – Re-finding Happiness & Hope in Marriage After Infidelity

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In this episode Justin and Jessica both share with us their experience of facing infidelity in their marriage and what it took to find the strength to make it work and stay together. Justin and Jessica met early on in life and shortly after fell in love and decided to take the next step in dedication to each other and got married. However, Justin was struggling with internal feelings of self-doubt, fear and anxiety due to the pressures of his upbringing that Jessica was unaware of until it began to manifest in their marriage, and nearly ended their marriage. In this story Justin and Jessica combine their voices to openly and vulnerably speak about the struggles they faced in their journey to create the strong marriage they have today. A journey that includes a challenging childhood, depression, infidelity and dishonesty, and unconditional love and forgiveness. Join us in this episode to hear Jessica and Justin’s incredible story on how they were able to find happiness and hope again in their marriage when faced with infidelity.

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The BIG VISION of Relentless Minds- Special Episode.

This is a special episode dedicated to announce to all current subscribers, and new ones, what the Relentless Minds podcast is striving to create in this world.

We have incredibly BIG VISIONS.

In February of 2019 the Relentless Minds podcast was created with the sole mission to inspire people to create the change they desire to see in their own lives and in the world, by sharing examples of those who were. These examples are the stories of people who share a common commitment, and that is that they refuse to accept their current circumstances for what they are, refuse to listen to society when they are told that nothing can be done, and instead they choose to fight for what they believe in. Our main objective with this platform is to inspire people around the world through the use of powerful stories, and to create a unified movement of change makers. We also strive to showcase the world-wide efforts being made on issues that are affecting people everywhere. This isn’t just a local news-focused platform, we want to raise awareness on issues including climate change, human rights, mental health, family life, relationships and more.

The reason this is so important is because people everywhere want change and this world is increasingly becoming more in need of it, but not enough people are speaking up and taking action. Our hope is that through the examples of others fighting for the change they believe in, listeners will also become empowered to follow in those same footsteps.

In this episode we share the exciting news of the 2 new series being launched called “Unbroken” and “Purposeful”. Find out about the new series, our movement, and why it should matter to you!

Thank you for listening!

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Surviving One of the Deadliest School Massacres in the History of the World. Peshawar, Pakistan- With Waleed Khan

On Dec 16, 2014 a terrible event occurred in Peshawar, Pakistan, which disturbed the country deeply. It’s effects were felt across the world and it turned out to be the 4th largest school massacre in the history of the world.  On this day a terrorist group of 7 men invaded an Army Public School of Peshawar and shot and killed 149 people. 134 of those lives lost were children between the ages of 8-18. 112 more people were injured. Waleed Khan is a survivor of the attack but did not get away unscathed, he suffered 6 bullet wounds to the face and 2 shots to the body. His doctors and family did not believe he would survive, but miraculously he did. He was 12 years old at the time. Waleed now is 17 years old, and today on this episode he shares his experience of that terrible day and what he had to deal with in the aftermath of it all. Waleed also discusses the amazing transformation he underwent once he discovered a new purpose that gave him hope and created a desire to use his experience to help change the lives of others by sharing his story, and a powerful message of peace. 

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