Our Refugee Family Update
Kiyuslia (16) and Evelyn (14) both report enjoying school at Lansdowne High School where they have an English as a second language teacher. We were able to get a special exemption for Wamunzira, who turned four the end of September to begin pre-school early. She rides the bus each morning with her brother, Mukuniwa (age 6) to Catonsville Elementary School, which is a little over a mile from their home. Catonsville has a teacher who speaks Swahili, which is an incredible resource for the children. When we took her to register, she walked right into the pre-school classroom. She was very ready to go to school. Wamunzira attends a half day preschool.
Jean Paul and Kavira began English classes their second week here at Community College of Baltimore City. Since it was summer, the older children could watch the younger children while they attended school. Once school started we needed to find a place that worked for everyone.
St. Paul Lutheran Church located in Catonsville teaches English classes on Monday and Thursday nights beginning in October. Kavira began classes there so she can be at home with two year old Kubota during the day and meet the bus when Wamunzira comes home at noon. On October 6th, Jean Paul began a month program with the Community College of Baltimore City where he attends class all day five days a week in an English immersion experience that teaches work skills. When he completes this class, he will begin looking for employment.
In early October, the mornings started to become chilly, so we looked through the attic and found coats for all the children. Other refugee families from tropical climates feel very cold when we begin to experience autumn weather. When we took the coats to the family, Kiyuslia said , “thank you – it was so cold this morning. I have never experienced anything like this.” We tried to explain that this was just autumn and winter was when it was really cold, but realized that they are just going to have to experience the range of cold weather we have. I thought it was really good they had not relocated to Minnesota.
Kiysulia has been able to experience two things he really wished for – to play soccer and to play the drums. The Nazarians got him connected to a Christian soccer league in Catonsville and take him to his games. Doug reports Kiysulia is a really good soccer player – he scored two goals in the first game he played. On October 5th, Kiysulia began playing the guitar and drums in the contemporary worship service. He joined Jeremy Stevens and Jerome Hicks, our drummers, and the percussion section really livened up contemporary worship. Please keep the Kisuku family in your prayers. Pray that the family will learn English quickly so that they will be successful in school and connecting to others in their community and for employment for Jean Paul and Kavira so they can support their family.