The Council at church asked him, "Can you help?" A Congolese family came to church every week for five months, walking across a field from their apartment. They bought an SUV, only to find the rear latch would not release. They needed help. Ken is semi-retired, raised by parents who reminded him consistently that God made him to be a blessing. One of his blessings is fixing things. Ken also has concerns about immigration. Despite the concerns, Ken said yes to helping with the latch. He took the Dad to a pull-and-pay junk yard, located a latch and as a bonus, four tires with tread. The Dad watched Ken intently, soon mastering wrench, nuts, bolts and mechanical systems. One fix led to another, and soon 10 other Congolese families were learning car and home repair from Ken and the Dad. Then a family from Nepal moved next door to Ken. Struggling with English, they came to Ken for aid filling out a form. Ken led them through the English, letting struggle lead to understanding. Ken has been in eight Nepalese homes aiding with forms and repairs. They call him "Grandpa" and invite him to Buddhist parties. He thought he'd be worn out by now, but has yet to say, "No." Jesus helped people, and so should he.
If you would like to get more involved in immigration ministries in West Ohio, contact the West Ohio Immigration Task Force - Scott Hicks or David Meredith - at the Ohio River Valley District office at 513-421-2057.