St. Paul’s is Accompanying an Asylum-seeking Family!

The Mutombo Family

Meet the Mutombo Family: Desiré (dad), Odine (mom), Exaucé (boy, 10), Medine (girl, 8), Aicha (girl, 7), Francisco (boy, 4), Stephanio (boy, 2), and Rayan (boy, 2 months). A picture of the children is to the right.

Some St. Paul's members have met and spent time with the family, getting to know them & helping where needed. Some examples include:

  • The older children attended Family Faith Night and picked out some winter clothing items that were generously donated.
  • Spent time with the family in their home & cleaned as needed.
  • Spent time with the children at the RRRS office during English lessons.

Here are some ways you can be involved:

  • Be on a rotation to “check in” with the family, committing to spend time with them on a regular basis. This is the work of relationship and includes getting to know the family and listening to them and what they have to offer.
  • Saturdays from 10am-noon, older children and adults have an English class at the RRRS office. We need someone to spend time with the younger kids (under 10), reading to them, playing with them, keeping them busy and conversing with them so the older family members can focus on English. Sign up HERE.
  • Pray! One of the most powerful and important ways to help this family is simply to pray for their success, safety, and well-being.



Blankets Needed!

Blankets are needed for the refugee and asylum-seeking families in our area, most of whom come from warmer climates and without many possessions. RRRS is hoping to receive at least 75 blankets in order to provide a minimum of 1 blanket per family. There is a box in the foyer labeled "Blankets for RRRS" to collect donations.


Winter Accessories Needed!

We are collecting winter accessories in gently used or new condition (boots, hats, gloves, winter appropriate socks) - all sizes, and coats for teens & adults.

The ELCA’s definition of mission is “accompaniment.” It is the most important way we can live out the Gospel and spread the good news. We hope you will prayerfully consider how you might help accompany this family in these coming months, as we pursue this ministry of welcome and hospitality.

Read more about the ELCA’s understanding of accompaniment at: