Christ Lutheran Church as a co-sponsor with Saint Francis Migration Ministries (SFMM) will be welcoming a family of ten people from the Congo in August. In addition to the parents there is a daughter, age 20; daughter, 16; daughter, 15; daughter, 12; son, 10; son, 7 and a son, 5. Another adult son (age 22) has been separated from the family for some time, however, he has now come to Wichita through SFMM and will now be able to rejoin his family. What a time this will be for them to celebrate!
The family arrives on August 28 and will be welcomed at the airport by their new friends from Christ Lutheran and SFMM. They will then go to their new four bedroom apartment at 13th and Hillside and begin life in Wichita. We have limited information about the family at this time. They are described as speaking some English which will make our job easier. Their son who has been here about one month is employed.
Our job includes housing and assistance, welcome, friendship, transportation, education and employment. With all of these tasks, we offer assistance but also work in partnership with the case worker and employment specialist in providing for care of this family over the next year. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, you are welcome to attend our next meeting, which is Wednesday, August 8th at 6:30pm at church.
The following is a list of items we continue to work on as we prepare for their arrival on August 28. Assistance with providing any of these items (or multiples of them) is appreciated and can be dropped off at church
- Mattress & box springs
- Bed frames
- Kitchen table
- Bath towels
- Sheets / blankets
- Pillows / pillowcases
- Clothing in good condition
- Alarm clock
- Cleaning supplies (broom, sponges, plunger, etc)
- Kitchen items (dish sets, silverware, pots, pans, utensils, etc)
- Toiletries (soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, shower liner, etc)