Rafif is a precocious 5-year-old Iraqi Muslim girl who weekly runs into the library to greet me with a big hug. I first met her last year when she was a part of the Ready for School program and learning her colors, shapes and numbers.
Last fall she entered pre-K and is learning to read and write. After Christmas she asked me to find her books with sight words in them, and she read to me. She then told me she wanted to read to the group at story time. With full confidence she read aloud the simple book.
A few weeks ago, Rafif and her family moved to another city. I’m happy to have known her, experienced her huge smile and hugs and am privileged to be a part of her early learning. I’m sad to see her go, but pray that she remembers that I, as well as other Christians, love her and welcome her family.
- Karen Morrow, CBF field personnel serving in Fort Worth, TX