Friday, March 24, 2017
By: Catherine P.
At 11:30 PM on a Thursday night a month and a half ago, the Cheikho family arrived at Dulles International Airport. What could they have been thinking at that moment when the wheels touched down on the ground? Imagine preparing to leave a country where war was commonplace, and then learning that you were being banned from one of the only safe places you could go to. How would you feel? Scared? Excluded? Sad? Apprehensive? Outraged? Nervous? Terrified? One can only imagine what they were feeling as they finally entered the United States. The Cheikho’s may have been wondering if people would accept them or not, whether they would finally be safe.
It is up to us to make them feel wanted and welcome; to make them feel like they have a place here in America. Please continue to pray for the Cheikho’s because coming to a foreign land, learning a new language and adapting to a different culture is not easy. The Holy Trinity community came together, with particular help from four parishoners, and helped find a house for the Cheiko family. These four parishioners greeted the Cheikho family when they arrived. During Lent especially, let us keep them in our prayers, because they deserve all the love and care that we have to give them.