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A welcoming place

Illinois congregation offers familiar foods and a family of faith

They came from refugee camps in Africa a half dozen years ago, drawn to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, Ill., for English classes, then joining the church.

Ben and Priscilla, some of the youngest
Ben and Priscilla, some of the youngest participants in Terimbere Garden, check out the colorful produce. Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, Ill., launched the garden to provide new immigrants with healthy produce.

Faith's immigrant members had been farmers in Africa. While life in Glen Ellyn was good, they missed planting and cooking white eggplant and other foods of their culture.

Faith picked up on the desire.

Today adjacent to the church stands the New Village Garden, also called Terimbere (moving forward). Families plant, water and harvest under the direction of Beatrice Ndayisenga, who is from Burundi via a Tanzanian refugee camp.


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