Just this past week, the National Capital Mission Coordination Committee awarded a Local Mission grant to Capitol Hill Presbyterian church matching the funds they donated to the Good Neighbor Refugee Resettlement Group. This group is comprised of a number of congregations across the capitol hill neighborhood of Washington DC, who came together to support a refugee family in a time of such need. Just as the grant went out, the refugee family arrived. Here is an account of the family passed on to me by Leslie Barbour of Capitol Hill Presbyterian:
The Rasooly family is here! After some 36 hours of travel from Kabul to Dubai to Frankfort to Washington Dulles, and then another 3-4 hours going through customs and security, a very tired little family and their baggage came through the gates at International Arrivals. They smiled gamely as they were greeted by their LSS caseworker Tanya along with Brendan Danaher, Karen Getman and me.
The Father, who is 30, began gathering the baggage carts while the Mother, 25, sat with their daughter, 5 going on 6, and her little brother, 2. Daughter flashed a lovely smile, while her little brother curled up on the seat, not having much more of this particular day. We talked briefly with the Father while the luggage began to be gathered into the waiting cars. After a long day of counting bags and keeping track of family members, the Mother finally let us take the shrink-wrapped luggage--most of the possessions they brought with them from Afghanistan--to Brendan's car for delivery to their new home in Cheverly, MD.
What a beautiful new home it is! Gratitude for the ideas, contributions and work of so many hands--yours and all the teams! Take a look at Dale Manty's pics of the finished product. We didn't stay long, but turned the lights on for them and welcomed them in, as Tanya showed them the rooms and how the microwave worked so they could heat up the dinner provided by some of you.
And little brother, the grumpy one at the airport, summed it up when he came into the kitchen with an armful of toys and a huge happy smile that took over his whole being. No words needed.