A Simple Smile

by Lorraine Triggs

Ever since Sarah's mother had a baby in November, Sarah's quiet father has been faithfully bringing her to Kids' Harbor Bible school each Sunday. He never stays for worship or an Adult Community, but always picks up Sarah on time. In World Relief's ESL program, Sarah's dad is learning English and taking care of his growing family over at Wheaton Square Apartments.

One week, I casually mentioned that his wife needed to bring in the new baby so I could see her. "When it is warmer," I said. "It is too cold out for the baby."

This past Sunday, both of Sarah's parents dropped her off. It's always a little crazy at Kindergarten check-in time, but I soon noticed that the two of them were still standing there. That's when I saw her--Baby Rebecca all bundled up in her car seat.

Sarah's father's English is stronger than her mother's but there was no mistaking good, old Midwestern friendliness as I fussed over the baby, with her thatch of black hair and remarkable resemblance to Sarah.

After Bible school, I found out that Sarah's parents had placed the baby in the nursery and had gone to worship for the first time. Maybe all it took was a baby and a smile to make another connection point with a refugee family.