Grace Covenant Church, established in 1959 as Knollbrook Covenant Church, is located in a peaceful stretch of north Fargo with a small, primarily elderly, congregation. Some of the members have been attending since the 70s. After service in the soft maple-clad chapel, congregants conversantly make their way down to the fellowship hall where treats and coffee are served, and then later pushed by the ever-insistent and joyful Phil.
A few years ago, Grace accepted an inquiry from Redeemed Covenant Church, a congregation of Banyamulenge Tutsi Congolese refugees in need of a space. Evariste Busanga, the pastor, has been in the States with his wife and 9 children for 14 years (since 2008). During that time, he met and helped to welcome many more refugees from his homeland. When fellow refugee Angelique and her five children arrived, he was able to use his experience navigating a new and unfamiliar culture to teach her how to navigate the grocery stores and to buy the right variety of soap for each appliance. Their strong community continues to cascade, and congregants come from as far as Bismarck (a two and a half hour drive) on any given Sunday.