October: Update to Nadia Paikan’s Story

Prayers of thanksgiving are being lifted up for all the many members volunteering to provide transportation for her daughters to daycare and then Nadia to work, Tuesday through Friday and for the needed trips to medical appointments and for the many donations and assistance being offered.

John Myers and I shared more of Nadia’s story with our church-school class recently. We would be glad to share Nadia’s story and answer questions for any church group upon request. Maryanne Davis has started meeting with Nadia at her home on Saturdays or Mondays to give her an English lesson. Recently, Coleman Legerton took Nadia and Asra, her youngest daughter, to a pediatrician because of her having persistent diarrhea, and Coleman was able to donate a dresser, much needed by Nadia and two chairs. Nadia’s 29th birthday was this week.

Nadia returns to her podiatrist for a follow-up visit this Monday. Her children have been scheduled to have wellness checkups at MUSC in the next few weeks. Nadia has expressed many times how grateful she is for the ways we have been able to make positive changes in the lives of herself and her children. Her daughters are precious; the boys reserved and polite. Nadia, somehow, is always cheerful with a constant smile.

Challenges facing Nadia, include finding the means to pay for daycare as Lutheran Services SC will pay for daycare only through November. Another hurdle facing Nadia is finding the means to pay part of her rent beginning in January. LSSC will continue subsidizing her rent through December.

While Lutheran Services drives home that the refugees need to become independent and self-sufficient, Nadia needs more support, care and help than other Afghan refugees who have come to Charleston, such as single men and families with both parents present, in order to become self-sufficient.

Monetary donations can be made by writing a check to MPPC, directing it to the Afghan Refugees account, #8800-07. Please contact Bruce McAdams, mcadams.bruce@gmail.com or Pastor Bart for answers to questions.