A Story to Remember

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve been passionate about storytelling. I love how you’re brought into another person’s life and can share their experiences and feel what they’ve felt through a well told story. Unfortunately, many stories don’t have happy endings, and I’ve been impacted by the many heartbreaking stories coming from around the world, but specifically the Middle East and Asia.

My first experience with a refugee crisis was when I was around 10 years old when the Karen came from Myanmar (Burma) into Canada. I didn’t really understand a lot about the situation at the time, but I was happy to help in whatever way I could. At the time, the way in which I could help best was through basketball. Once a week, we’d get a group of guys together both from Canada and Myanmar and we’d just play basketball and hang out together afterwards and talk for a bit. Knowing some of their gruesome stories made seeing us all smiling together playing basketball all the more rewarding.

When I heard the stories that Jordie (TRAC’s Director) told after coming back from the Middle East, I knew that I wanted to help share these stories and the stories of others who were passionate about the refugee crisis. I have a passion for videography and graphic design, and I’m very excited that I can use my skills for such a great cause while glorifying God.

It has been so encouraging to see the support that TRAC has gotten from everyone in and around the TWU community. And after seeing how successful the Karen community has been after such a short period of time, I’m hopeful for the family that we will be bringing in.

Thank you all for your continual prayer and support. I look forward to the day when we can look back and tell this story that is unfolding right now as a message of hope and inspiration for other refugees.

-Matt Hayashi