Fanning the flame as we reach out to refugees

SURREY, B.C. – Sixty women and men of the Fraser Valley Zone accepted an invitation to Faith Lutheran to learn how our church is bringing Christ to refugees.

(l-r) Fikre Tsehai, development manager, refugee resettlement, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR); Fikre’s wife, Senait Biadgilign, community relations, refugee resettlement CLWR

(l-r) Fikre Tsehai, development manager, refugee resettlement, Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR); Fikre’s wife, Senait Biadgilign, community relations, refugee resettlement CLWR

The guest speaker, Fikre Tsehai, development manager for refugee resettlement with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) said that the first refugees cared for and settled in Canada by CLWR were from Germany 65 years ago. Today there are 60,000,000 refugees all over the world. Famine, hunger, war and displacement of people are common causes for people to flee from their homelands. Mr. Tsehai asked if we could imagine a world without refugees. As Christians we are to love our neighbours, feed the hungry, and provide for their thirst. CLWR and Lutheran World Federation are actively involved in sponsoring refugees coming to Canada and ensuring lives are improved for the better by providing clothing, food vouchers and water for those in refugee camps. Many of our LWMLC societies assist by making quilts, baby bundles, We Care kits, etc. We also can help with our donations and providing supplies from “Gifts from the Heart” brochure. But overall, prayer is the biggest assistance we can provide.

In the afternoon, Reverend G. Wilch brought a message based on 2 Timothy 1:6, “Fan the flame of God.” Flames are internal and require fuel. Motivation, zeal and energy help fuel our gifts. Since they can die down, what do we need to tend this flame? Consider our mission statement: growing in God’s Word, sharing God’s Son, serving God’s people. God never gets tired of serving us. Jesus is always there to re-ignite our passion, to fan the flame of our gifts of service.

Business and a convention report from delegate, Dawn Loyie, greetings from district president, Pauline Huth, and an update on district convention plans by Valerie Lowther rounded out the day.

Shirley Wisdahl

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–Canada

Visit us at http://www.lutheranwomen.ca

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