In 1620, European refugees who had fled persecution came to America seeking freedom and a better life. They were ill prepared for life in America and many of them died that first year. Some natives, who were born in America helped them learn to survive in this country and the following year they had a feast together to thank God for the harvest.
In 2015, Afghan refugees who were fleeing persecution came to America seeking safety and a better life. They are will prepared for life in America, but some natives who were born in America are helping them learn to survive in this country.
Last night we gathered to celebrate and thank God for his provisions. With a mixture of Afghan and American food, eating on the floor and eating at a table, we all feasted together.
The Afghan family was given two computers, one new and one used, and a tablet. As soon as we can get internet to their house they will be able to use these to do their homework.
I love having Zoya around all these cultures and languages. She needs some beautiful Afghan clothing for our next gathering. Dari (Afghanistan) and Farsi (Iran) are like American English and British English. So I believe I will actually learn this language eventually.
They told us of another Afghan family that lives in their complex that also has six children, including one 6 day old baby boy.
We will be in Franklin for Thanksgiving. Many of you mentioned that you wanted to help. We would be happy to bring things back down to them.
They have now been here three months so this is the last month that their rent is paid for, so as of December, they have to start paying monthly rent. Also, someone has generously donated a car, which should help the father get and maintain a job, but he will have to keep insurance on the car. It isn’t easy to move to America and make a life. There are no quick fixes in the short-term. But the long-term future is bright and so we are celebrating and giving Thanks.