The steeple of the Wellesley Village Church towers over downtown Wellesley as the sun rises.


Celebrations from the Metrowest Asylee Family Coalition

December 7, 2021

The Agbodjinou family (Comlanvi, Zourfahou, Hosni,3 and Haris,1) joined Village Church members; Christina Mathews, Nick Butler, and their daughters, Jaya and Priya for worship and church school this second Sunday of Advent. There was much to smile about on this sunny morning particularly sweetly decorated gingerbread houses.

The family has been on an asylum-seeking journey from their home country of Togo in West Africa.  Wellesley Village Church is one of six congregations in the Metrowest Asylee Family Coalition who are providing financial and volunteer support for the two- year time period it takes for their case to wend its way through federal courts.  Asylum seekers, unlike refugees, are not permitted to work or access other government-provided services/benefits.

Zourfahou and Comlanvi, who speak four languages, are quickly learning English, through ESL instruction provided by coalition volunteers.  Hosni loves attending Head Start in Framingham.  This was made possible by the outstanding school staff and a rotation of coalition drivers who provide transportation each week.

Our deepest thanks go to the Service Ministry for their recent grant of $5,000 which will have a significant impact on our mission.

This month our volunteers will be sharing the traditions of Advent and Christmas with the Agbodjinous as we, in turn, learn of theirs.   If you are interested in participating in this ministry or have any questions, please contact Lisa Weinstock ( or Judy Mongiardo (