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Eagles’ Nest After School Tutoring Program

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COMING FALL 2014 

Thanks be to God! 

We are praying, planning, and recruiting toward starting Eagles’ Nest up again Fall of 2014! 

When we left our building on Garrett Road we left a neighborhood that God had called us to love and serve! We have been wrestling in prayer and conversation with how to continue being involved with people that we love and care about at Oak Creek Village for the past six months.  I have some great news! God has answered our prayers!

A few months ago Vintage Church moved into our former worship space and they heard about Eagles’ Nest. They are very interested in opening up their space for the program!

Therefore, we are partnering with Creekside Elementary School, the Gathering Church, and Vintage Church to start this ministry up again in the Fall of 2014. We need to recruit a minimum of twenty volunteers from all the churches involved in order to begin in the Fall.

Would you consider volunteering as a reading tutor? Tutors are needed Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:45-6 p.m.

Anna Sircar has graciously volunteered to lead the team from All Saints Church. She is a veteran Eagles’ Nest Tutor with a passion for the kids in the neighborhood!

Contact Anna Sircar (anna.sircar@gmail.com) to sign up or for more information.

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Oak Creek Village Summer Kids’ Club!

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Our fourth annual OCV Summer Kids’ Club was a huge success! Here’s what a few of our faithful volunteers had to say about the experience:

“I loved being a part of Kids’ Club.  So many beautiful children came out to be with us each day!  They sang, they snacked, they listened to a Bible lesson, they made a craft, and they played games.  I helped with signing in the children each day, getting a name tag and a wristband on each one, and directing them to their correct groups.  What fun it was to greet them, even when I didn’t know their language!  I hope all the children who were a part of Kids’ Club left with a new awareness of God’s love and care for them.  I was blessed to be there.” –Teresa Waggoner

“My experience with Kids Club was great. I enjoy helping with kids, so this was a great opportunity. I think that it is great for the community because it gives Oak Creek Village a chance to learn about God. I wish that more people would have participated with this event. I am glad that I was able to help and would be glad to do it next year.” –Julie May (age 11–one of several youth group members who served faithfully all week!)

“The whole experience was very powerful and truly delightful. The way it was organized, having the children broken into the various age groups and eliminated big sister taking care of younger sibling it brought moms into the group. That exchange was new and real! The numbers this year were amazing.” –Peggy Morrell

Many thanks to all who helped make this great outreach event happen!

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The Most Important Lenten Discipline

Donnie McDaniel preached this morning at our Wednesday morning Eucharist service. Here is his sermon! A great reminder this Lent.

Romans 5:6-11  For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person– though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die.  8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.  9 Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God.  10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life.  11 But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

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In preparation for preaching this morning, I was faced with the task of deciding which of these three passages that I would preach, and any of them would make for a wonderful homily, but as a preacher by trade and calling, I would not be worth my salt if I did not preach from Paul’s letter to the Romans when given the opportunity; thus, that is where we will spend our brief time together this morning. Romans, after all, has played a major role in the theology of Western Christianity, the branch of the faith in which we stand as Anglicans. It was a passage in Romans that led to the conversion of St. Augustine. It was the book of Romans that Martin Luther, the 16th century Reformer, urged all Christians to memorize. In the early 20th century it was Karl Barth’s commentary called Der Romerbrief that exploded on the playground of liberal, Protestant theology, and even today the great minds of the Christian faith continue to mine the depths of St. Paul’s masterpiece, so this morning we will be in good company.

Specifically, this morning we will be spending our time in Romans 5.6-11 where I hope we will pick up the most important Lenten practice—preaching the gospel to ourselves. A few short weeks ago, many of us were here on Ash Wednesday, and we began the great journey of Lent, a six week period of deep introspection where we take a long look at our own sins and what it cost Christ to effect such a great reconciliation between God and humanity. During Lent, many of us have chosen to follow the Great Tradition and restrict our diets. We willingly choose to go without so that we can remember more clearly what Christ has done on our behalf, but even in this season, when we are supposed to be focused on Christ, it is easy for us to look again at our own practices. Knowing the sinful bent of the human heart, the Ash Wednesday liturgy is carefully formed around a gospel text that warns us against engaging in religious practices, such as fasting, that draw attention to ourselves. And one of the best ways we can avoid this tendency is to remind ourselves of what God has done for us, and that is what we will do today as we look at the two sides of the gospel; the present assurance that we have in Christ, and the future hope that we have in him as well. So, let’s take a look at Romans 5.6-11 and see what Paul has for us this morning.

Paul, in verse nine is building upon our justification before God, an idea that he introduces back in verse one of the present chapter. The justification that we have in Christ is the declaration of our right standing with God via our participation in the life and death of Jesus Christ, who completed the work that God had prepared for him from the foundation of world. Now please note the tense that Paul uses to describe this Justification, he says we have been justified. This is something that is already accomplished. I call this the present assurance that we have in Christ. Those who have placed their faith in the finished work of Jesus the Messiah already enjoy the truth that they belong to the family of God, that is the verdict that you and I can expect from God at the final judgment, has been applied to us already. Paul then goes on to tell us that this justification arrived at God’s appointed time; this means that Jesus’ ministry including his death, resurrection, and ascension happened at the just the right moment in time. Despite how Rousseau and the rest of the Enlightenment thinkers would like to tell the story, the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus constitute the climax of history. God moved to restore his creation at exactly the right time, and this was done while we were still weak and sinful.

The fact that God justified humanity while we were weak and sinful is beautiful truth. Paul himself says here that, “God proves his love for us that while we were sinners Christ died for us.” What St. Paul is conveying to us is that humanity, individually and corporately, has done nothing to earn this justified status before God. It is entirely a free gift of grace from a loving God who stepped into the theater of history to enact a redemption that provides justification to humanity, but also, as Paul goes on to teach us in Romans 8, provides salvation to all of creation itself. This is the first half of the gospel that we should be preaching to ourselves. We should constantly tell ourselves that while we were weak and sinful, Jesus willingly gave his life that we could have the right standing with God. I know that this explains my situation when God found me. I was 17 years old, and had grown up in private Christian school. I knew all about God, but I did not know God, and there is a real difference. However, God in a display of his love for me saved me from a terrible car accident. He placed me in the life of his son and gave me purpose. I stand justified before the throne of God. I tell myself that story often, and I encourage you to relive your stories as well.

Building upon the present assurance of justification that we currently have before God, Paul goes on teach us about our future hope. Verse 9 says, “Much more surely then, now that we have been justified in his blood, will we be saved from the wrath of God.” St. Paul presents our future hope as an absolute guarantee, because compared to our justification before God, which was accomplished when we were still weak and sinful; our salvation from the coming wrath of God is a small feat on the part of God. Paul is here employing an ancient rabbinic rhetorical device of arguing from the greater to the lesser (a minori ad maius). This explains the way in which Paul describes this future hope in verse ten; God reconciled us to himself in Christ while we were still enemies. He did not wait for us to clean ourselves up and come to him; his action toward us was not predicated upon any acts of penance on our part. Rather, he took the initiative and reconciled us to himself through the death of Jesus. We can know without a doubt that our future destiny and status before God is secure in our participation in the death and life of Jesus Christ.

In fact, Paul goes to great lengths to emphasize the importance of our participation in Christ. He uses the same preposition (in) in reference to the death of Jesus and the resurrection life of Christ. We are justified in the present and saved in the future by our mystical union with Christ, often conveyed in Paul by the phrase “in Christ.” Our participation in Christ, if we follow the logic of Paul, extends to the key aspects of Christ’s work. In the very next chapter of Romans Paul gives an exposition that our baptism is one of the points where we participate in the death of Christ on the cross and rise with him on Easter morning. Therefore, when God looks down on his justified and saved saints, he sees none other than his own dearly beloved Son with whom he is well pleased.

Now that we have looked at our present assurance and our future hope, we should be in a position where we can preach this gospel to ourselves through the rest of Lent. As we remember what Christ has done for us, we can also remember that via our belief in his completed work, we participate in the life of Christ. He lives in us and we in him, just like the various Eucharistic prayers in the liturgy remind us each time we gather for worship. It is in this gospel that we will find the power necessary to complete our Lenten vows. We can wash our face in the waters of this gospel and anoint our heads with the oil of this good news. If we tell ourselves daily that we are justified in Christ, and that we will be saved from the wrath of God, no one will ever be aware of our secret fasting as we will be consuming that bread that others cannot understand. This is the message that we need to preach to ourselves, “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”

As we are preaching this message to our audience of one, our views of Lent can also be transformed. We will no longer be focused on our sacrifices or our acts of penance, as if anything that you or I could do would ever place God in our debt. Rather, we will be reminded that while we were sinners Christ died for us and that this act has reconciled us completely to God in the present and secured our standing before him in the future. As I was thinking about how this gospel could change our perceptions of Lent, I came across these words from the Very Reverend Robert Munday, Dean Emeritus of Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He writes, “We would do well to remember the purposes for which Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness. He had no sins for which he needed to atone. We have no sins for which we are capable of atoning. If we could, what he did for us—what he had to do for us—would not be necessary. So Lent is really much more about what God adds to our lives as we spend intentional, focused time with him than what we give up, because the Gospel is always about what God has done for us, not about what we do for him.”

That last line, the Gospel is always about what God has done for us, not about what we do for him, sums up the discussion very well. If we preach God’s good news to ourselves during the rest of Lent, we may find that our lives are transformed. This proclamation to the self may just be the jumpstart that each of us needs to start engaging our neighbors and our co-workers with the message of God’s reconciling love in Jesus Christ. We may find ourselves all the more capable of inviting that friend that we know is lost to church for Easter services, we will have to wait and see what God does as we preach to ourselves the rest of Lent, but we can rest assured that his word will not return to him void.

 

 

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Martha Vetter and the Dufatanya Cooperative

From 2001-2007, I served in northern Rwanda at Sonrise School for Orphans.  I taught Bible classes, served as the acting headmistress of the school, assisted people medically and worked with a team of translators to write and translate a Bible curriculum for grades one through six.

In the last several years, I have become associated with the Ministry Center ADufatanye Cooperative in Nyanza, Rwanda, in the Butare Diocese, where our sister-to-sister partnership is also located.  The Dufatanye Cooperative assists very poor, mostly illiterate people in Rwanda who are either HIV positive or have AIDS.  The cooperative has acquired land and has set up agricultural and vocational projects for these people. These include such things as farming banana groves, growing vegetables, making clay tiles for roofs, producing mud IMG_1289bricks, digging ponds for fish farms, raising cows, goats and rabbits to provide milk and to sell.  Profits from these projects are then distributed among the members of the cooperative and a portion is also used to expand projects for the cooperative.

Not only that, this project encourages the members not only IMG_0591physically and financially, but also spiritually.  It ministers to their needs holistically; it seeks to be a presence in the community with AIDS Sensitivity Training; and it creates an environment of responsibility among the members.

More recently, I raised funds to develop a site where members of the Cooperative and people in the surrounding community could meet for everything from wedding receptions to Bible classes to Ministry Center Bhealth education to microfinance classes to after-school programs for children.  This “ministry center” is located on a grassy knoll just opposite the Dufatanye farmlands.

On March 5th, I will return to Rwanda for seven weeks to assist with the completion of the ministry center. I hope to teach Bible to adults, host a Bible club for children, and begin to cast a vision for how the ministry center can be used most effectively and how it can also become more sustainable.  I also hope to meet with IMG_1264Bishop Nathan to discuss how I can assist the Bible Training Institute in Butare Diocese. This school is the main focus for our church’s sister-to-parish partnership project and is called “Mubumbano”.  Lastly, I have numerous people who I have assisted for the last eleven years. I hope to visit these dear friends, and help them make appropriate choices for their next step in life.

I ask you to pray that God will give me wisdom to know how best to encourage, guide and teach the Rwandese people in a way that honors our Lord, that extends dignity to each person, and thatbrings joy to my heart.  Pray also that God will continue to direct my steps to know how I can best serve these people in the future and, at the same time, provide appropriate oversight to my Rwandese students here in the US, Theo and Joel.     ~Martha Vetter


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I have several goals for my Spring trip to Rwanda: 

  • Evaluate progress on the ministry center at the Dufatanye Cooperative.  (Henceforth, it will be called the “DMC”.)  Specific needs include:  Work on the pit latrines, getting a large water tank, ordering and receiving furniture, setting up the interior with curtains, rods, etc.
  • Continue discussions with Godfrey Kalema regarding the use and oversight of the DMC
  • Set up a budget for the DMC and discussion regarding how to make it more sustainable
  • With the assistance of a translator, host a children’s Bible club
  • With the assistance of a translator, host an adult and/or women’s Bible study
  • Begin my own Kinyarwanda language study with the assistance of a tutor
  • Begin interacting more deliberately with people at the Dufatanye Cooperative, perhaps even participating in some of their work projects
  • Travel to Butare to visit Bishop Nathan and to assist with the Mubumbano project.  Further discussions with Bishop Nathan about teaching at Mubumbano Bible College

I ask you to please be in prayer for me during this time in Rwanda.  (Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 127:1)

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Oak Creek Village Fire Relief Effort

This past Sunday’s Oak Creek Fire Relief Event was a tremendous beginning! I was overwhelmed by the way the church organized and came together in three short days to gather clothes, household items, furniture, food, and financial donations to help the households affected by the fire at Oak Creek Village.oak creek fire relief

Seven area churches came together to make Sunday a success. And we will need to continue working together if we are going to continue loving and following up with the displaced households. All Saints was joined by the efforts of The Gathering Church, Church of the Good Shepherd, Chapel Hill Bible Church, Cresset Baptist, Hope Valley Baptist, La Cosecha, and Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Over fifty volunteers from All Saints alone were on hand to receive, organize, and distribute donated items from noon to six this past Sunday. Our volunteers were amazing. Thank you for everyone who contributed so much time and energy!

The folks who were displaced by the fire came at  4 o’clock and took truckloads furniture and donated items back to their new apartments to begin putting their lives back together. However, they took back more than just physical possessions – they left knowing that they are loved and cared for by the body of Christ. It was deeply meaningful to interact with and the displaced families in the midst of their loss. In the last four days we have also collected over $20,000 in financial donations for displaced families!

thomas on TVThe evening news even showed up and did a little story on the event. CLICK HERE to check out the story! I have also placed a bunch of pictures at the bottom of this post.

The success of Sunday should not distract us from faithfully following up with the displaced families in the mid to long term.

Now it is time for phase two of our response! 

Phase two involves setting up relief partners with each household affected by the fire. These partners will covenant to walk with the displaced households for at least the next three weeks in order to pray with them personally in their homes, see what they still need, assess financial need, and help them to access available services.

All the residents have moved, but some in are greater need than others. We have many folks in the community who are making furniture available, but we need to know what each household still needs and we also need to work out the logistics to get the available furniture to them. These relief partners will take responsibility for one family and coordinate care and help! Many of the households are only Spanish speaking, but not all.

Would you be willing to be a relief partner? 

Would your small group take on this important role for the next three weeks? 

Do you know someone who would be good at this and who have the time to do this? 

The initial contact can be a phone call and I will email you all the contact information you need. 

This commitment needs quick response. 

If you can do this, we need to connect you with your household within the next day or so and you need to make contact by Thursday. Please forward this email on to any in your congregation that would be able to step into this important relationship.

These partners will help us determine how to distribute the money   we raised to the victims. It is also my prayer that these partners will have an opportunity to pray for and share their faith in Jesus with those they are walking with in the midst of this tragedy.

Please respond by emailing THOMAS KORTUS  (thomas@allsaints-chd.org). Also -please get in contact with anyone who you think would have the gifts and time to be a relief partner! 

Any ideas or input? Please let me know! 

thomas kortus

919.619.5007

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Living Epistle: Brendan Case on Eagles’ Nest and ESL

During the season of Epiphany we are featuring Living Epistles during our Sunday morning worship. Epiphany is a season in which we explore how Jesus is revealed as the saviour of the world and how we can join in and participate in God’s saving work. It is a season to marvel at the mission of God and to intentionally think about how we can be on mission with our God. Our vision for these 5 Living Epistles is to highlight ways that we can allow the light of Christ to shine through us so that Christ may be revealed to the world.

St. Paul uses the language of living epistle in 2 Corinthians chapter 3:

You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

When God gets a hold of us he writes upon our hearts –  he gives us new hearts – he gives us HIS heart for the world. We are living epistles. We may be the only Bible people read. We may be the only church people ever experience. We are called to live our faith and proclaim, demonstrate, and embody the gospel of Jesus! We are called to reveal Jesus to others. However, as we seek to meet real needs and share the good news of Jesus, the great mystery is that we encounter Jesus and he is revealed to us more fully

The Living Epistle yesterday was given by Brendan Case.

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Brendan and Alissa Case

Here is what he said:

When we came to All Saints’ in July 2010, we quickly encountered another community: Oak Creek Village, the vast apartment complex abutting our little church. Oak Creek is overwhelmingly home to recent Latino immigrants, but also to a growing number of international refugees – Vietnamese, Nepalese, Iraqi, and others – placed by World Relief. This is a community struggling with language barriers and education gaps, many of them anxious and undocumented, mostly impoverished, but deeply hopeful.

I first got to know Oak Creek by volunteering with Eagle’s Nest, an after-school tutoring program for students from Oak Creek Elementary. These effortlessly bi-lingual children are suspended between two worlds, between their parents and school, between chiles rellenos and hamburgers, between Los Tres Reyes and Santa Claus. I worked with Alex and Eduardo, who were both reading well below grade level, and who both thought our time better spent playing under the table than working at it. Eduardo, who had a flair for the grotesque, did love the lessons when I would let him write an alternate ending to a story we had read, once transforming a heart-warming tale about a lost train rescued by a friendly helicopter into an explosive cataclysm in which all tragically perished.

When my class schedule kept me from working with Eagle’s Nest, I volunteered instead with a recently-inaugurated ESL program that meets at the Church of the Good Shepherd, hardly a mile west of here on Garrett Road. The students were about half Latino – many of them Eagle’s Nest parents – and about half World Relief refugees. Needless to say, my class, a welter of Vietnamese, Nepalese, and Spanish, was primed for hilarity, and I wasted no time in stepping in it. My second week of volunteering, I arrived to find an older Vietnamese man who hadn’t yet attended class sitting at one of the tables; naturally, I walked over to introduce myself: “I’m Brendan, what’s your name?”

I took it as an ill omen when he responded, “I’m new.”

“Yes, I know you’re new,” I answered, “but what’s your name?

“I’m new,” he persisted, the last syllable emphatic.

Name?” I intoned like a spell. “New!” he said, tapping his chest.

I gave up and turned to Prem, a Nepalese man whom I knew had a little English already: “Prem, do you know his name?”

Prem grinned broadly, and nodded towards the chuckling newcomer – the two had about five words in common, but I could see they were sharing a joke. “His name,” Prem said, pausing for effect, “is Mr. Ngu – N-g-u.”

Later, I learned that Mr. Ngu, who at this point was in his seventies, had fought for the South Vietnamese during the war, and, after Saigon fell to the Vietcong, was held as a political prisoner for twenty five years. After he was released, he was eventually brought to Durham by WorldRelief, without family or friends, his speech meaningless to almost everyone he met. And yet Mr. Ngu was relentlessly sunny, even as he struggled to understand why he could say “Three sheep,” but not, “three cat.”

I hope that I was helpful to the Oak Creek residents I spent time with, that I was encouraging, and perhaps in some fragmentary way displayed the love of Christ. But, I am certain about a few things. I know that my time with these immigrants and refugees taught me more about living in exile than has anything else in my short life. “Here we have no continuing city,” says the Epistle to the Hebrews, “but we seek one which is to come.” Mr. Ngu necessarily – tragically – has far fewer illusions than I do about the permanence of our earthly homes; the immigrants of Oak Creek know far better than I do the sorrow of singing the Lord’s songs in a strange land.

I am also certain that because we once were aliens and strangers to God’s covenant (Eph. 2:12), but have now been “transferred from the domain of darkness to the kingdom of his Beloved Son” (Col. 1:13), we are called in turn to welcome the stranger in our midst. I am certain that whatever hospitality we can offer these our neighbors is a service to Christ, himself born a refugee (Lk 2:4-7), who will say to the righteous on judgment day, “I was a stranger, and you took me in” (Mt. 25:38).

Please consider how you might welcome and learn from the community of Oak Creek.

For more information about volunteering with Eagles’ Nest or the ESL program we sponsor please email Thomas Kortus:  thomas@allsaints-chd.org

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Living Epistles: WORLD RELIEF

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During the season of Epiphany we are featuring Living Epistles during our Sunday morning worship. Epiphany is a season in which we explore how Jesus is revealed as the saviour of the world and how we can join in and participate in God’s saving work. It is a season to marvel at the mission of God and to intentionally think about how we can be on mission with our God. Our vision for these 5 Living Epistles is to highlight ways that we can allow the light of Christ to shine through us so that Christ may be revealed to the world.

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Yesterday morning we told the story of World Relief. World Relief is an international organization with a thriving office in Durham. They are committed to standing with the most vulnerable people in our world- immigrants and refugees. In Durham they help resettle international refugees. (Website: http://worldreliefdurham.org/)

These refugees come from all over the world (Burma, Sudan, Congo, Vietnam, Iraq, Somalia, ect.), but they have one ting in common – they have been victims of violence, oppression, or injustice as a result of their ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation. They have all applied to the United Nations for political refugee status and have cleared extensive background checks and interviewing. The UN then works with the US state depart who in term contracts with local organizations to help resettle these individuals and families. World Relief is one of these organizations and it happens to be an evangelical Christian organization that is committed to equipping the church to reach out to these families and individuals!

Here is a link to a short video that tells the story of a refugee family that has been settled to Oak Creek Village by World Relief: http://worldreliefdurham.org/text-to-give-3/

Volunteering through World Relief an amazing way to love and serve an individual or family. These famiies and individuals are dry sponges in great need of friendship and practical help. Consider how you could get involved! This is a great fit for families, small groups, two families to partner together and spend time with a family. It is a great way to teach our kids what it looks like to reach out and love our neighbors!

Here is our experience with World Relief 

Eleven years ago Amy and I volunteered through World Relief to be conversational English tutors for a young Iraqi family that actually flew here on September 11th, 2001. Their plane was rerouted to Canada, but eventually they made their way to Chicago with their two young children. They were a hardworking couple who had a thriving business in north Iraq. He owned his own gas station and car repair shop at the age of 23. One day some individuals from the government came and told him if he wanted to stay alive he must abandon his home and business and never come back. They were being discriminated because they were Kurdish – a oppressed minority group in Iraq, Turkey, and Syria. It is the largest people group in the world that does name have its own country.

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This young family fled to Syria where they lived for 3 years before being granted refugee stats and coming to the Chicago area. Amy and I were introduced to them by their World Relief case manager began meeting with this young family once a week. We quickly fell in love with them, their two young children, and their food! They knew no English, but were eager to learn. The wife cooked for us often, we read their mail, took them shopping, helped them get a car, taught them to speak the language, sat with them, and laughed and cried with them.

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We are still good friends 11 years later. They now live in the Boston area, just bought a house, and just had  another child. He is a manager of a repair shop and fixes cars up on the side and she is a CNA at the hospital and works nights. The husband’s first job in the states was working for a repossession agency. Needless to say he learned quick when it came to the colorful aspects of the English language!

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We shared our lives with them and they shared their lives with us. They know that we love them and they know that we love Jesus.

Consider how you could get invovled relationally with a refugee. World Relief is a great organization that All Saints has financially support for the past 3 years and we hope to stengthen our partnership with them with regards to volunteers. 

World Relief is currently resettling about 25 people a month! Many volunteers are need! The need is great. The opportunity to shine the light of Christ is huge! Is the Spirit calling you to get invovled?

Visit the World Releif Website for more information!

Talk to me (Thomas Kortus) for more information!

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