Participating Lutheran Church Contact
Leah Woehr Grande
Otabek and Balabek
Arrival to Philadelphia
Friday, July 29, 2005
and Otabek exit airport security escorted by Elena Ivanenko
(Lutheran Children and Family Service) as they met members of the
They were greeted by Jim Garcia
(Trinity), Dick and Joyce Burkett (Peace), and Janet Panning (LCFS).
Elena Ivanenko (LCFS case worker) and our own interpreter, Olga
Smirnova (St. Matthews).
First Lunch in Bucks County
Otabek and Balabek ate their first lunch at Applebee’s in
Hatfield, Pennsylvania. (Jim, Olga, Otabek, Balabek, and Dick)
Church Committee Welcome
On Saturday, August 6, members of our church committee
helped finish painting the Nabiyev home in Telford, PA.
We finished the day with a cookout and had the opportunity
to meet Otabek and Balabek along with the other Turkish
refugee families in the area.
Otabek Birthday Picnic at Markey Park
August 13, 2005
On August 13, our church community celebrated Otabek's 29th
birthday at Markey Park in East Rockhill.
and Balabek visit to St. James Lutheran Church, Chalfont
On Sunday, August 14, 2005,
Otabek and Balabek greeted members of St. James Lutheran
church in Fellowship. They attended worship service
with Jen Grove (St. James). Steve Gratias (St. Luke's)
attended to give a Temple talk and introduce Otabek and
Balabek to members of the congregation.
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Nabiyev Family News
Two Family Members Have
Two family members arrived on July 29, 2005.
Read their message.
Church Committee Picnic
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