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Outcasts United

Outcasts United (Spiegel & Grau, 2009) by Warren St. John tells, as the book’s subtitle says, of “an American town, a refugee team, and one woman’s quest to make a difference.”

As the Washington Post’s book review states in a book review: “This is an uplifting tale celebrating the most old-fashioned of virtues: hard work, self-discipline, regard for others.” Thanks to what happened between the refugees in their pursuit of connecting to their new environment–America.

In the book, St. John describes how some refugees had been resettled into the same town in the state of Georgia and how they connected with each other through soccer–especially through Luma Mufleh’s soccer program.

Before Mufleh started her program, the refugees seemed isolated from their new surroundings. They had been given a one way ticket from various war torn countries to America and knew almost no one and wanted to connect to their new home.

They also knew little English, but they knew how to play street soccer. Mufleh noticed that refugees were playing soccer at an apartment complexes’ parking lot. She “ultimately decided they needed a proper soccer program of their own,” as the official book website puts it.

But, this book doesn’t just tell of how they connected through soccer and how Mufleh started the soccer program. It also tells of their journey of one of their seasons, their hardships and how the town reacted to the refugees. How they, whether succeeding or failing in an area, always persevered and did hard things.

Not only does this book show that doing hard things affects people, it shows that doing hard things does make a difference in the lives of those doing them, and of those around them. It might not pay off at the beginning, but it eventually will. And it doesn’t have to be big or start big to make a huge impact.

To God be the glory,
~R. E.

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One comment on “Outcasts United

  1. She is also currently serving as an AmeriCorps member with the Center for New North Carolinians, working with newly resettled refugees.

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