In August, when Dauda Bushiri, Amina Marundu and their three children, Muslim refugees from the Congo, arrived on a flight at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, 20 Episcopalians were there to greet them.
Indeed, the congregants from St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church had already arranged for the family to move into an apartment off of Larpenteur Avenue on the northeast side of St. Paul. And within days, the church group got the children signed up for school – the two girls at the Saint Paul Music Academy and the boy at Murray Middle School.
“There is so much to do – in terms of transportation, or getting documents translated, or getting clothing for the family or arranging for the Internet,” said David Borton, a church member who cochairs the committee that is helping to resettle the family.
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