In the crowded lobby of Life 360 Church in Springfield, Esther Faida, a 28-year-old Congolese refugee, is keeping an eye on her young daughter.
Esther’s journey to the Ozarks started in a war zone.
A former seamstress, she lived and worked in the capital city of South Kivu, where the conflict between ethnic and rebel groups has forced entire communities from their homes.
Esther, her husband and two small children had been living in war zone since 1998. Bloodshed, fear and instability became routine.