Much has happened since the family first arrived at JFK airport on November 17th. They have been living in a beautiful apartment in Danbury, and working hard to learn English, and understanding life in Connecticut. Through the combined efforts of dozens and dozens of dedicated and caring volunteers from IPRR’s six Newtown faith communities (as well as other interested members of the Newtown and Danbury communities), the four children have gotten off to a terrific start in the Danbury public schools, they are learning how to navigate Danbury, and they are seeking to build relationships with their neighbors and members of the Trinity Tabernacle Church in Danbury, where they worship each week.
The transition to a new country, a new culture, and a new language has not always been easy. They miss their friends back in Tanzania and interacting with others who speak their language and share their culture. In fact, they are currently considering a move to another location outside of Danbury – possibly outside of Connecticut – to become part of a Congolese community. Whether they stay in Danbury or relocate to another area, there is still much to do as we strive to help them reach their goal of self-sufficiency in the US. And whether they stay or relocate, we are grateful for the indelible mark their family has made on our group, as well as those in the Danbury community whom have come to know them. Please pray for the family (and for IPRR) as we continue to work together to explore what (and where) comes next in their journey ahead.