Many people don't realize that our government, and it's border patrols, honor women and children. We have worked with two women, unrelated and unknown to one another, that were both from Uganda. Each sang praises of how they were treated when seeking political asylum. They are so grateful to be in America, and one is already a citizen.
Then reality of change sets in - although they are safe from harm, they have a lot to learn! They can speak English but they need to learn to read English. And another BIG hurdle is learning, and understanding, our American currency. The price of burgers & fries is the cost of a very, very nice dinner in Uganda. Many Americans feel overwhelmed by finances, but imagine if the dollar is not your native currency.
We have had a really fun time coming up with creative ways of teaching these women about American money. They are so eager to learn and come up with the best questions! One of the biggest challenges is for them to understand that you have to plan ahead. You need to buy food for today and the rest of the week, plus save your money so you can pay rent at the end of the month. Coming from a place where most people only work when they need food, is a very big change. But it's so awesome to see that light-bulb moment when they finally understand it.
Please keep our foreign moms in prayer. They have much more to learn than our American moms.