UTICA- The Tabernacle Baptist Church has dedicated its refurbished steeple as the Davison Tower of Refuge. This tower is in honor of the many Karen refugees Rev. James Davison has helped over the years.
“We were doing it simply because it is God’s work and they are God’s People,” said Rev. Davison. “It’s our job is to help one another.”
Davison and his wife Edith have been helping those in need since they got married 64 years ago. The two tell WKTV they could not do it without the help of others.
“Well we had lots of help and support from the congregation and then from the Karen community,” said Edith. “Then we were just giving the little extra boost because we had a car and knew where things were.”
Together the couple helped hundreds of Karen refugees become stable in the United States. In particular, they helped Khnisoe Moe who migrated to the states 20 years ago, after her village was raided by local militia.
“He is a wonderful wonderful man,” said Moe. “And because of him and today, we have an opportunity to dedicate this tower.”