In February, Lucas and his brothers, Abala and Asende moved to the Hendrick Home for Children in Abilene, TX. The president of the home (Pastor Jamie’s uncle), saw their story on our web page and wanted to help. The 52-acre campus serves as “home” to approximately 50 children in the Basic Care program and another 25 people in the Family Care program. The campus has three family-style cottages, two town homes and the two-story main building. Also on the grounds, you will find a gymnasium, swimming pool, horse barn, four employee homes, and two executive retirement homes. The boys are living in a group home on campus with 5 other boys and attending school in Abilene. They have the opportunity to play sports, get a part-time job so they can buy a car, and basically be American teenagers.
The Hendrick Home will also help Lucas enroll in college in the fall and provide for his financial needs as he continues his education. Abala and Asende will have the same help when they finish high school. Please keep them in your prayers.
We continue to help Lucas’s uncle, the Selemani family. They arrived in the US in August and live in South Providence. Walanga, his wife and 8 children are slowly adjusting to American life. Language is a major problem. They speak French and Swahili, but very little English. The older children are in school, but Mom is home with the two youngest children. As we all know, a minimum wage job, is not enough to pay for housing, food, and clothing and SNAP doesn’t provide enough to feed a family of 10. And many essentials (laundry detergent, toilet paper, shampoo, diapers, etc.) can’t be purchase with SNAP benefits.
We also have many families from Eritrea that we have helped with food, household items, rent, clothing, and Christmas gifts. In addition we have occasional activities for the children – day at the corn maze, Easter egg hunt, a trip to the zoo, apple picking, etc. We also send many children to Camp Canonicus for a week during the summer.
If you would like to help, write a check to FBCIA with refugee in the memo line and mail it to FBCIA, 75 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903 or give online via this website.