ELENA NIELSEN
June 17, 2017
JUAN CARLOS VALLE
June 17, 2017

MARIA RUNGWAT WARREN

“I am from Indonesia, a mixture of Dutch and Indonesian. I moved to Eugene, Oregon in the early 90’s from Karachi, Pakistan.  I was working for the US Embassy at the time, then following the career of my spouse who was working for the foreign service.  I lived in Asia, the Caribbean, South America, Africa and the Middle East during these years.

I have 4 blessed children. My oldest son was born in Kenya, Africa, and my second daughter was born in Karachi, Pakistan. We decided to end our careers with the US Foreign  Service  and  moved  to  Eugene,  Oregon  to  provide  more  stability  for  our children.  My third and fourth daughters were born in Eugene, Oregon.  I have lived in Eugene for the last 23 years, the longest I’ve ever been in one place.  I opened a home catering business for the University of Oregon international students to provide them the flavor of home cooked meals. That was quite a blessing to have my owned business that allowed me to meet many international students. Over time I moved onto a different season of life, as my children grew older and I started focusing more on my rental and property management business.

I’m currently involved with the international community abroad and in my local community. I have hosted international students for the past 17 years. It is important for me that my children were exposed to and had opportunities to interact with a variety of people from around the world while they were growing up, and to learn about peoples from other countries and their cultures. One thing I believe is that our creator does not see the differences of our skin, but that we are all equally made in His image.

I love people and I think I got that from my mother. My mom always said, “If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have no love, I have become a sounding brass.” So love is the greatest of all. If I look left and right I cannot be myself. I believe that we should respect each other and be kind to each other, and to help each other regardless of our differences.  I’m very grateful that my children have the opportunity to live in this great Nation on earth with many opportunities. God bless America!!”

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