What does an Indian farmer do when his son takes a job in the United States? If you're 60-year-old Kashmir Singh, you move along with him, take the bus to daily English lessons, and then study for a driver's license in your new second language. After that, because you've worked all your life, you look for any job you can find to feel productive, ultimately becoming the prize employee at the local car wash. As old dogs, can we learn new tricks? One delightfully plucky immigrant demonstrates yes, we can!
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Alan Headbloom is an applied linguist who works with international professionals across a variety of industries.
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Kizombo Kalumbula has seen the ravages of war and genocide. His homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo was torn apart by decade-long hostilities that killed over 5 million citizens. Today, Kalumbula is senior pastor at Tabernacle Community Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His doctoral studies in health psychology are aimed at understanding resiliency among traumatized individuals, with applications for people of his native Congo as well as those touched by his daily urban ministry.