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Onstage: 2012-13

Grains of Hope: Refugee Experiences in West Michigan

A new ethnographic play by Stephanie L. Sandberg and Calvin College students

Imagine being forced to leave your home, fleeing to seek shelter in a country you hardly know. Imagine having to learn a new language, a new system of transportation, and an entirely new culture…all while knowing that it is likely you will never see your family or your home again...

Coming April-May 2013

April 11, 7:30 PM, Calvin College Lab Theater
April 12, 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM, Calvin College Lab Theater, in conjunction with the Festival of Faith and Music
April 14, 6:00 PM, Thornapple Covenant Church
April 16, 7:00 PM Potter’s House School
April 18, 7:00 PM, Grand Rapids Public Museum
April 21, 7:00 PM, South Wyoming United Methodist Church, sponsored by THRIVE

April 26, 7:00 PM, Godwin Heights High School, sponsored by Stand Against Racism
April 28, 10:00 AM, Grand Rapids International Fellowship
April 30, 7:00 PM, Inner City Christian Federation, sponsored by Lutheran Social Services. Please note: This performance is a fundraiser for Lutheran Social Services. To purchase a ticket for this event, please visit:
May 5, 6:00 PM Church of the Servant
May 8, 7:00 PM, Wealthy Theatre, sponsored by Bethany Christian Services
May 9, 7:00 PM Wealthy Theatre, sponsored by Mars Hill Church

(in conjunction with the Bethany Christian Services and the Calvin Festival of Faith & Music)

Did you know that....

  • A “refugee” is a person who flees their home country due to a “well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.
  • There are 16 million refugees worldwide
  • The refugee journey consists of two parts: (1) fleeing from their homeland and resettling in a refugee camp and (2) being resettled into a new host country
  • Fewer than 1% of refugees in camps are moved and resettled into a new country
  • Around 600 refugees arrive in Grand Rapids each year
  • 40% of them suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

How can you help?


Performances of Grains of Hope are free to the general public, unless otherwise noted.

Grains of Hope