From Atlanta, we headed a couple hours east to Jubilee Partners Community in Comers, Georgia, for a series of interviews. The first day we met with Brad Smith who gave us a tour of the rural property. Jubilee was started some 30 years ago as a Christian community. Their mission quickly became helping new immigrants to this country. The first people they took in were “Vietnamese boat people” who were fleeing communist oppression in the wake of the U.S. military pulling out of Vietnam. On the property is a cluster of cabins where these immigrant groups spend the first two months in America. Here they are housed, fed, tutored and learn some about American customs and so on. Smith said Jubilee houses up to 30 immigrants at a time and averages about 100 immigrants in the course of a year. In addition, 12 staff members and 12 volunteers currently form a “community of caring” around these new arrivals. Jubilee has taken people from 31 different countries (the Sudan, Ethiopia, Bosnia, Nicaraugua, Afghanistan…). By the time they get to America, Smith estimated many of these people have been in refugee camps between 10 and 15 years. He said the stories of poverty, oppression, war, and so on, are tremendously overwhelming. What’s more, Smith said after their two month stay at Jubiliee, the immigrants are then situated in metropolitan Atlanta where they assimilate into low paying chicken factory, hotel cleaning, garment shop… jobs, amidst the crowded bustle and violence of the city. Smith said in the face of this, one father of a family from the country of Mouritania in Africa, approached him and innocently asked: “Isn’t there perhaps a quiet farm around here where we could tend sheep like we did in our country?” Smith had to tell him no, understanding what awaited the family in Atlanta. “It just broke my heart,” Smith lamented.