More Than a Book Club
Laura is a wife and mother who also maintains a part-time job. It isn’t always easy to fit everything into her days, but Laura knows how it feels to search for the right word in your second or third language. Growing up overseas, she has been the foreigner, understanding neither the language nor the culture. So when her church connected with a nearby apartment complex, Laura quickly understood that God wanted her to carve time out of her schedule for the international women—mostly refugees—who live there.
These days, Laura leads a book club before the formal ESL class then watches the young children while their mothers attend class. She’s been working at this apartment complex for two years now. It’s taken that long for the women to trust her, to invite her into their homes, to visit her home, and to ask more personal questions about the cultural issues they face.
Recently, they didn’t discuss their assigned chapter in the book because the women were struggling with some modern cultural norms in America. That’s okay. Anne (with an ‘e’) will be there when they come back.
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