On Friday, Jessica and I talked about Halloween with our refugee family. They understood very well because Christmas in Benin is similar Halloween in America where the children go door to door and receive candy from the adults. They started to get confused when we talked about pumpkin carving, but I had brought two small pumpkins, which Jessica and I drew faces onto. They really got a kick out of them! They are also excited about the Halloween party on Saturday, although they requested an invitation. I think it will be a great chance for them to meet people (hopefully people who live nearby) to network with.
As we had promised, Jessica and I accompanied the couple to a church that we had found in Evanston. The website said they have a large Congolese congregation. However, when we arrived, there were only about twenty people and it seemed to me like that was their usual turnout. As it so happens, the husband had gone to that church a few times last year, but stopped going. He said his spirit doesn’t match the church. I see what he meant; they are a very social couple and should find a church with a larger and less-cliquey congregation. Everybody was very nice after the service, but it seemed like nobody really wanted to socialize with us. I’d like to keep helping them look, but I’m beginning to wonder if they’d rather search on their own.