Invitation to Respond to Global Migration Crisis through Participation and Education


Saturday, October 10: “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” A Refugee Camp Simulation at Waterfront Park On October 10, Louisville’s Waterfront Park and Global Commons will host “Walk a Mile in My Shoes: A Refugee Camp Simulation,” a unique and dynamic learning experience providing a powerful glimpse into what many refugees endure when fleeing from their homes and living in a refugee camp. The three-hour experience cultivates global awareness and compassion through
the practice of empathy and perspective-taking. Many school groups will participate in this
simulation on Friday, October 9, but it is open to the public on Saturday, October 10. Participants will check-in between 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial Parking Lot. Camp experience takes approximately two-and-a-half hours. Registration can be online at

During the simulation, participants are divided into small family groups and given a new cultural identity, representing one of the region’s six main resettled refugee populations. These small groups then travel through the simulation where they will encounter the hardships such as registering their family as refugees, getting a health examination, obtaining and purifying water, securing food at distribution area, and learning a new language.

Highland’s Global Missions Ministry Group encourages you to consider participating in this event. Highland’s youth plan on attending the event at 1:30 p.m. on October 10. People of all ages are encouraged to attend alongside of them or to form your own group that navigates its way through the simulation.


Sunday, October 11: Panel Discussion at Highland on Migration as Human Right
The Global Missions Ministry Group will host a panel discussion on Sunday, October 11, 5:00-7:00 p.m., that explores the question—“Is it a human right to migrate?” Panelists include Rev. Ryan Eller from Define American, Edgardo Mansilla from Americana Community Center, and Case Manager Patrick Litanga and Executive Director John Koehlinger from Kentucky Refugee Ministries. This event will aid in both our support of our partner churches in Morocco and our awareness of how best to listen to and interact with the current migration crisis around our world. RSVP for the meal is due to Carol Harston ( by October 7. If child care is needed, please contact Carol by October 3.