Tewelde Family Update
On Saturday morning as I took the two older boys to get their flu shots, I was amazed once again at how much they have grown and changed in the last couple of months. They chattered in English our whole time together about everything from the beauty of the fall leaves (this is all new to them) to the traffic on Business 40. My attempts at explaining what frozen yogurt is (Z likes strawberry and A prefers chocolate) were more successful than explanations about moving clocks an hour Saturday night. The first question was "Why?" and then "what is going to happen Saturday night?" I knew we were on the right track when Z asked if the bus would come at 6 or 7 on Monday. Everyone was relieved and happy when I told them just to call me if they thought they had missed the bus!
We have three volunteers for tutoring the children and the adults on Wednesdays evenings at the church----so starting November 15, the family will be there regularly for supper, tutoring and children’s choir. Please take this opportunity to get to know them. Just saying hello and introducing yourself is great, and we’ll try to leave room at the table so you can sit with us too. The last time they were able to come, many of you did this and it helped them feel comfortable. Besides that, those of us who have come to love them and call them part of our families would like more of you to share this joy in new relationships!
All the adults continue to thrive. We have spent a good deal of time lately with doctor’s appointments but are on the right track with all that. The men continue to work hard at their jobs and are known by their employers as good and dependable workers. The mom has continued to thrive in her English classes and has made new friends. Her confidence in trying out English is truly remarkable. She is doing very well and is obviously happy in the process.
As I sit here writing on Saturday, I have thought of all the interactions our team has had with the family just this last week alone and I know that over 35 hours of contact has been made…just last week. That’s a lot! And we do it purely out of love. There was nothing but smiles as four of our team met for lunch this week. I had laughed with the dad one day that all the appointments had just led to more appointments but we were on the way to “getting it fixed”. And then laughed with the adult cousin that we had been all over town and still didn’t know what was wrong---but we had medicine and another appointment! Then at the end of the week after another long day of frustrating appointments the mom said, “too much, too much, back and forth, back and forth.” I said to her, “W…., it is a lot, but it’s OK. We love you. We want things to be even better. You are our family.” I then named my own children and family and then named each of them. With a big smile she said, “Yes, Mama Felicia, big family. Like Africa! Big, big family. I am very happy. Very happy here! Winston-Salem is good. Very happy!” And with tears in my eyes I told her I am very happy too.
Come meet these folks. You will love them too!
Welcome to a new way for the Clemmons Presbyterian Church Mission committee to report and inform our church family (and anyone else who links in) about our mission outreach. This blog has various parts representing our various ministries and begins with what we hope will be regular updates on our refugee families.