Another Shut Door

S M Chen
5 min readJan 7, 2024

We had planned a get together for some time.

A Norwegian friend L from my past — someone I’d known since college days, which goes back decades — expressed interest in meeting the Ukrainian couple I have been sponsoring since September 2023 (about 3.5 months).

L has a platonic female friend, also L, a woman close to 40, active in Norwegian events. She happens to be devout.

She also expressed a desire to meet the Ukrainians.

I agreed to bring them to the Protestant church about an hour north of where I live with my refugee…