Pictured above is the Emmanuel family. They are from the Republic of the Congo and have been in the United States since November, 2016. They are the first family to come under the care of Begin Anew’s new South Nashville site. This family of nine has two teenagers, two young children, two toddlers and one infant named Mercy Lillian. They have a wonderful Good Neighbor team and love going to church and learning about God. Even though there is a language barrier, going to church each Sunday is one of their main goals.
Often I will hear one of the teenagers say, “In America, this is how it is done”, or “In America, they don’t do this or they don’t do that.” Recently their son Jean Amani said, “Americans don’t sleep late, they get up early to go to work.” When I hear this, I’m amazed of the things we don’t think about on a daily basis because they are the norm for us as Americans. I am truly learning as much from them as they are from me, and praising God for the opportunity to bring joy and love into the lives of others. With much enthusiasm, I’m pleased to announce the South Nashville site’s summer and fall programming! This summer’s program will consist of four components:
- One-on-One meetings with individuals and families
- Bi-monthly Community Gathering Events
- Case Management and Referral Services, and
- Volunteer Recruitment and Training
Starting in September, Begin Anew will begin offering two ESL classes - one will be held at Christ Church and one at Tusculum Hills Baptist Church. Free childcare will be provided for children birth through 6th grade while parents attend class.As we focus on the incredible ministry potential in South Nashville to provide services to immigrants and refugees, we are happy to welcome the Emmanuel family and many more! To find out how you can be involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandra Owen, South Nashville Program Director