A December Update on Our Sponsored Family
A wonderful summer was enjoyed by Mehsen, Hanaa and the kids. It was a pleasant surprise to the family how hot the summer was in Canada. Mehsen compared it to their days back in Syria. The summer was filled with outings to the park, barbeques, Niagara Falls, and the older two kids, Israa and Rashed, enjoying several summer camps.
Beautiful Israa has become so comfortable with the English language. She is back at school and now has many friends to play with. It is wonderful getting phone calls from her encouraging a visit or just to say she misses you. Rashed has suddenly become so outspoken, and a big part of that is due to his confidence speaking English. He has so many wonderful stories to share. Rashed has also built up a great group of friends at school.
The following is just one of the many quaint stories shared by one of our volunteers during an outing with Abed and baby Jamal.
“After a recent visit to the family doctor with Hanaa and the two younger children, I found myself supervising the little boys while Hanaa filled a prescription at the Pharmacy. We sat on a bench in the lobby of the medical building watching the world go by. Abed, a curious 3½ year- old, noticed the big button for opening the exterior door.
He gave it a smack and the door swung open. Jamal (1 ½) saw this as a possible escape route but his brother was quick to block his way. The door closed. Abed pressed the button again and the game continued with Abed skillfully blocking Jamal’s escape.
Then a lady about to exit the building was delighted to see the door open. “Thank- you!” she said and was on her way. Abed smiled at me. Another person headed for the exit, and Abed rushed to open the door.
Another “Thank-you!” Both boys looked at me and said “Thank-you” and I agreed that they were being good helpers and people were thanking them for opening the door for them.
“Thank-you, thank-you” they both chanted. People leaving the building during that 20-30 minute wait were greeted by a smiling boy who ran to push the button for them. Abed, in return, was rewarded with a cheery “Thank-you”.
Mehsen is very committed to his evening classes for ESL; he is busy babysitting the two little boys in the mornings, while Hanaa attends school for her English class. Mehsen also does the family grocery shopping for the week after the Friday afternoon prayer; he has become very comfortable walking around town as well as taking public transport back and forth to school. Google translate has become minimal with communication. Hanaa, who always wears a warm beautiful smile, has her hands full with her motherly duties and is also excelling at school. She too, has made many friends at school.
Our family is certainly doing well; they love living in Aurora. They have become comfortable with the area as well as all the friends they have made in the community.
Our deepest thanks to all members of the community, for your support of this lovely family. As well, thank you to the medical professionals, ESL volunteers, translators, teachers, drivers…the communal care is extraordinary. We are very grateful to the Aurora/Newmarket community for your prayers and loving support.