She’s tiny, maybe three years old. She wears a dress. It’s black and rose pink. It hangs loosely on her little figure. Down the back is red thread attempting to function as a zipper that once-upon-a-time fastened it together. But the thread, too, is wearing thin. Each stitch is less fixed than the one before and gives up before it reaches the top. One side of the dress slips off her tiny frame, leaving her back and right shoulder bare/exposed.

She twirls. Soft, loose, brown curls surround her ears, bouncing with every barefoot step she takes. She bounds from chair to chair, climbing on and quickly off again. She curiously, yet fearlessly, comes near me. She touches my arm and looks up at me. I smile. Her big brown eyes are fixed on me. We sit together. She turns the pages in my book, studying the pieces that mark it. She’s eating a crumbly rice treat. Morsels sprinkle her little cheeks. She goes for seconds, and thirds. She discovers a pair of sandals lying at the doorway. She puts them on and flip-flops about.

I don’t hear her voice. She doesn’t say a word. She just twirls, while the tired dress tries to keep up.

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Josi Seibert

Josi was born and raised a Nebraska girl. As many Cornhuskers did, she grew up on a farm in a small rural community. Upon graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University, she exchanged cornfields for skyscrapers as she moved to Chicago to attend Moody Theological Seminary. It was there that she met her beloved husband, Ryan, and grew an interest in cross-cultural relationships as she worked with international students, refugee families, and lived in one of the most diverse communities in the country. She and her husband moved to Ghana, West Africa in September 2013 with a team of friends to start a business. In 2015 they resettled back in Chicago to welcome their first child and are currently working with World Relief, helping resettle refugees and find them employment. You're invited to keep in step with them as they live, work, learn and play: