Holy Faith is the newest mission station in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. On Bishop Stanton's first visit to this church he baptised and confirmed around 50 people. The church is comprised of Nepalese-speaking, Bhutanese refugees who have been resettled in Dallas.
James Diyali will serve as the Pastoral Leader of Holy Faith, and Pastor Padam Sapkota will serve alongside him as they minister to their fellow refugees. Political and cultural persecution has caused a surge in the numbers of people fleeing Bhutan to refugee camps in Nepal. Many of these refugees have resettled in Dallas, and the needs of this community are great.
The Rev. Samira Izadi met Pastor Diyali through her refugee ministry, Gateway of Grace. Gateway of Grace seeks to minister to the physical and spiritual needs of refugees with the compassion of Christ. Additional information on refugee ministry in the Diocese of Dallas can be found at www.gatewayofgrace.org.
The churches of the Diocese are also reaching out to the Bhutanese community by donating computers to Holy Faith as they seek to begin language and job training classes as an outreach ministry. The Rev. Canon Victoria Heard has been in talks and prayer with the community since mid-2012, and has trained Pastor Diyali in the use of the Book of Common Prayer and Anglican traditions.
The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas will continue to reach out to this community in love and service as they make a new home in Dallas.