Wivine Mbuilu and her six children immigrated from The Congo last October. Wivine is a widow—her husband passed away unexpectedly in September while planning the move; the family moved anyway. Wivine holds a master’s degree so the family had some means to travel, coming to Bloomington and bunking with friends.

Her children range in age from 3 to 15. Their father told them “Always speak and use English,” and they’ve taken this to heart. There are two in high school, two in elementary and two at home. Wivine stays at home with the little ones all day. She’s unable to take ESL classes because she works full time at State Farm in the evenings cleaning offices. The kids have stepped up, taking responsibility and just doing what’s necessary to make it work.

The family began to attend Calvary Baptist church every week. They were asked why, and responded “We just want to pray and worship together.” So a bible study was formed with a French translator who expands on the weekly sermon.

Thanks to you, RF4F was able to provide beds for everybody in the family, as well as dressers, table and chairs, and other living room items.

We wish the Mbuilu family our very best.