A warm welcome was given to two European women who will live and work in Morleyfor a year.
Elisabet Suvanjeiev, 22, from Transylvania, and 18-year-old Lina Horn, of Germany, are now youth and pastoral support members with Morley Community Church.
The pair, who had never met before touching down in Yorkshire, were linked with the church through the UK organisation TFG, who arrange gap years for international student in connection with the European Voluntary Service programme.
Church pastor Rev Stephen Wright said: “We welcome Lina and Elisabet to our wonderful town. Their work and contribution to Morley will add a new cultural dimension and will make a difference for the better in many people’s lives in the year ahead.”
Mayor of Morley Coun Wyn Kidger extended the greetings at the town hall, when Elisabet and Lina visited during the recent Heritage Weekend and were shown around the civic rooms.
The pair will be helping with youth and chilren’s clubs, Morley Camping Ventre and elderly visitation.
Elisabet and Lina have already met some of the town’s pensioners through Morley Elderly Action’s coffee morning and Friday gatherings at Jubilee and Schofield Court Sheltered Housing Schemes.
In addition, they have lent a hand part in Ysix! Youth Club as well as the Fountain Tots parent and toddler group.
Elisabet’s family home is in Rumania, but she is ethnically Hungarian and studies theology at the country’s University of Debrecen.
Linda hails from the small village of Hartha in Eastern Germany - very rural compared to Morley.
She recently completed her A-levels.