Dear St. John’s,
One of the first things I thought to myself when I learned that we would be sponsoring a refugee family from the Democratic Republic of Congo was, “I hardly know anything about the DRC!”
We are now well into the second month of our mutually-edifying relationship with the Kabira/Kambere family who entered our lives on November 28. Not only have the wonderful volunteers from our Refugee Ministry been transformed through their ongoing personal interaction with the family, but our congregation has been blessed to have the Kabira/Kambere family worship with us every Sunday since they’ve come. As you can imagine, the newly arrived family has learned so much about America over the last 7 weeks, and now, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn more about their country of origin.
Lisa Raisner and I would like to invite you to join us this Sunday, January 13 at the 10 am Adult Forum in the Parish Hall for a briefing on the culture of eastern Congo and the history of the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the original home of the Kabira/Kambere Family. We will hear from Jerry Martin and David Tardif-Doughlin, from DAI, an international development company based in Bethesda with numerous programs in the region. We will also hear from Marie Rose Sirikari, who came to the United States as a refugee from the DRC many years ago, became a US citizen and founded the African Women Council here in Montgomery County where she works to help fellow immigrants acclimate and resettle.
As I always say in my sermons, context is everything. I look forward to learning more with you about the context from which the Kabira/Kambere family have come to us so that we may become even more inspired by this gift that is in our midst.
Sari and Lisa Raisner, Chair of Adult Forums