June 6, 2009
Venant Nduwayo stands by himself outside the Westminster Chapel in Fulton after Drew and Ingrid Nishiyama's wedding. Venant met Drew and Ingrid at Adam Wheeler's Bible study group. This was the first "American" wedding Venant had been invited to.
Florence Buigut, center, translates the pastor’s sermon from English to Swahili (one of Burundi’s languages) at Christian Fellowship Church. Many Burundian refugees are Christian by faith and have formed a relationship with Americans from this church. The church has responded by helping the refugees find jobs and providing them with clothes for the winter. Buigut is from Kenya.
Etienne’s brother, Venant, teaches Etienne how to drive.
Etienne’s father, Yoronimu Buhegere, reviews a list of words in English and their Kurundi translations during a lesson taught by Etienne. Etienne knew no English when he came here from Tanzania in 2007 but now teaches English to other refugees.
Niyonzima Etienne plays with his younger siblings, Esiron, right, and Jeanine. "If you are brothers, you have to help each other," Etienne said. "When someone needs something, you do (it) for them. . . . I help them because that's what brothers are for. Brotherhood is to help each other."
Venant Nduwayo cleans a window at the Student Rec Center on the MU campus. Venant paints and cleans windows for Shepherd's Co., a job that the Christian Fellowship Church helped him find. "If I'm lucky to learn English and communicate with people effectively," Venant said. "I would like to go back to school . . . but for a job with skills that will enable me to work with my hands."
Etienne puts a diaper on his younger brother, Esiron. When they can, Etienne and Venant help their father raise their younger siblings.
Elm is a tree sculpture by Wayne Trinklein. Trinklein, from St. Peters, specializes in trees. He has developed various themes and ideas over the course of his 38-year career.
Jacques A. Bachelier, leaded glass artist, considers putting away some of his pieces that were banging together in the wind. Bachelier has been making a living at his craft for 35 years and enjoys the creativity his profession allows him. He plays with colors and shapes. Sometimes he hides items in his glass. "Glass has a lot of color," said Bachelier. "It's beautiful to work with."
Dan Sperry, musician and illusionist, performed at Art in the Park on Saturday. He will reappear on Sunday at 3:15.
Alice Jaeger Ashland, a printmaker from St. Ann, staffs her booth.
Phillip Kahmann, a jewelry artist from Minneapolis, sets up his booth on Friday in preparation for the weekend.
Kate Baer lifts her 2-year-old daughter, Suri,* so that she can help decorate a tie-dye T-shirt, while her sister Oona*, 8, watches. Baer and her family traveled from Ponca, Ark., to display the silver jewelry she and her husband make using fossils and semi-precious stones.
Gerald Sanders demonstrates how he crafts tree sculpures out of hundrends of twisted wires. Sanders lives in Nashville, Tenn. and has been making the trees since 1973.
Kevin and Lois Shelton look at the work of Joseph Farmer, a found-object sculptor from St. Charles.
Visitors check out the booths at the 51st annual Art Park Festival. The festival features more than 100 artists from numerous states. Patricia Patterson, a jewelry maker from Arkansas who has had a booth at the festival for several years said, "This wonderful little village just pops up and grows. Sunday night it all goes away."
Ehren Oncken plays the accordian for passersby during the Art in the Park Festival at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday. Oncken has been playing accordian since he was 8 years old and plays with the Ironweed Bluegrass Band/Swampweed Cajun Band, who also performed at the festival.
Phillip Wood of Columbia wrote this letter to the Christ Reformation Church in Wichita, Kan., after learning of George Tiller's death and the shooting incident at the church on May 31.
June 5, 2009
Fort Zumwalt South celebrates its victory over the Rock Bridge Bruins on Friday. The Bruins fought hard, but couldn't overcome the early Bulldog lead.