Can you believe that we are in the dog days of summer as we near August? We hope this finds you well and cool. Much has been happening with CWS-Lancaster, which we are excited to share with you!
Over the past few weeks, CWS Lancaster has seen a major increase in donations, both in-kind and monetary- and for this we would like to THANK YOU! Through the generosity of several new and current community donors, we have completely furnished the homes of at least eleven newly arriving refugee families. More than half of these residences have been for families of four or more. But wait, there's more! Not only have we furnished the eleven households, we have also received more in-kind donations in the past month, than we ever have in one month. Our current inventory shows that we could essentially furnish apartments for the next two months. That's incredible!
Plus, we have received a VERY generous monetary donation from an individual donor who wishes to remain anonymous- but of course this cannot go unrecognized. Thank you.
And finally, we have oriented fourteen new volunteers, who will begin working with our refugee clients and families within the weeks to come. These volunteers have interests and talents ranging from hair cutting, to family mentoring, to welcome team organizing.
It must be said, that we could not do the work that we do for refugees and immigrants of Lancaster County without the support and compassion that you, our community partners, have shown for our clients. You made it possible to bring the latest Congolese family of ten, the numerous Cuban clients, a Somali family of five, and the many others from Burma, Bhutan and Ethiopia.
As the new school year begins, so do our fall events! So please be on the lookout through Facebook and emails of ways that you can continue to show your support.
CWS Lancaster Office Director
CWS Lancaster Immigration and Refugee Program 308 East King Street Lancaster, PA 17602
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Message for bulletin editor:
Dear bulletin editor, Thank you for including the following announcements in your congregation's Sunday bulletin, newsletters or e-mail groups. Also, if at all possible, please post the attached event posters on your church's bulletin boards.
Mensaje al editor del boletín dominical:
Estimado editor del boletín, Gracias por incluir los siguientes anuncios en el boletín dominical ó semanal, o en sus mensajes a grupos de su iglesia con correos electrónicos. También, si es posible, le pedimos que ponga los afiches adjuntos en algún lugar prominente en su iglesia.
Music in the Orchard—The 2015 concert concludes on Saturday, August 15, with the energetic Americana of Silver City Rodeo, and an opening performance by Justin Angeleo & The Experience. Concerts start at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 per person. Visit www.hansherr.org for additional information.
Bookworm Frolic—The Annual Bookworm Frolic is rapidly approaching. New this year: On Tuesday, August 11 only, get access to the books early with a paid admission. Come to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society to purchase from a wide selection of used books. The sale runs 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, August 11-14, and Saturday, August 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other than Tuesday, admission is free.
Learn about hearth cooking during a colonial tea—This class teaches a child ten years old or above accompanied by an adult mentor, how to cook on a hearth stove. It will take place on Wednesday, August 19 at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum as part of the "Folk Art Fun for Kids and Adult Series." The class runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is due August 14. Visit hansherr.org for more information.
Blacksmithing for kids—Children ten years old or above accompanied by an adult mentor will learn together how to forge a simple project during this class. The class is the fourth one in the "Folk Art Fun for Kids and Adult Series," and will be held on Saturday, August 22 at the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum. It runs from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is due August 17. Visit hansherr.org for more information.
Música en el Manzanal—La serie de conciertos del 2015 concluye el sábado 15 de agosto con el grupo energético de Americana of Silver City Rodeo. La noche abre con una interpretación por Justin Angeleo & The Experience. El concierto comienza a las 6 p.m. Boletos cuestan $8 por persona. Visite a www.hansherr.org para más información.
Festival de Libros—¡El Festival de Libros se aproxima rápidamente! La novedad de este año será que el martes, 11 de agosto, puedes tener acceso temprano a la venta con un boleto de entrada. Ven a la Sociedad Histórica Menonita de Láncaster para comprar libros usados de una selección amplia. La venta tendrá lugar entre las 9 a.m. y las 7 p.m., martes a viernes, del 11 al 14 de agosto, y de 9 a.m. a 4 p.m. el sábado 15 de agosto. Excepto por el martes, la entrada es gratuita.
Aprende a cocinar en un fogón colonial—Esta clase le enseña a niños de diez años en adelante, acompañados por un mentor adulto, cómo cocinar en una estufa con fogón. Se llevará a cabo el miércoles 19 de agosto en la Casa Museo de Hans Herr del 1719 como la tercera clase de la serie "Divirtiéndote con el Arte Folklórico para Niños y Adultos." La clase tiene lugar de 10 a.m. hasta la 1:00 p.m. Te debes registrar para el 14 de agosto. Visita a hansherr.org para más información.
Herrería para niños—Niños de diez años en adelante acompañados por un adulto mentor aprenderán juntos cómo forjar un proyecto herrero durante esta clase. La clase es la cuarta en la serie de "Divirtiéndote con el Arte Folklórico para Niños y Adultos." Se llevará a cabo de 9:00 a 11:30 a.m. el sábado 22 de agosto en la Casa Museo de Hans Herr. Te debes registrar para el 17 de agosto. Visita a hansherr.org para más información.
"Please, please let me stay!" Children come to us; each with a different story. Each with hopes and dreams for the future. Each with a desire to be loved, cared for and accepted. Each with that void that only Jesus can fill. Read the stories below of two such children:
"Please, Please Let Me Stay!"
Preethi heard about Good Life School through her cousin who attends our school. She wanted to join school very badly. The problem was we had taken as many students as we thought we could and I felt I had to say no.
Preethi didn't give up. Any chance she had she would come and hang around the school. I noticed her a few times and tried to encourage her that perhaps next year she could come.
One day she pushed into my office and asked with tears rolling down her cheeks if she could speak to me a few minutes. I knew I needed to take time to listen to her. She said she really needs our help. She said her mother died when she was 3 and her father married another woman who has never accepted her. Some of the ways her stepmother has treated her are very sad!
I noticed the scars on her wrist and asked her about them. Preethi said she had cut herself so she could bleed to death so she would not need to live.
Can you imagine being beaten up by your stepmother because you called her "Mom"?
At the end of sharing her plea was, "Can I stay in Good Life Boarding School?"
After talking a bit with the teachers and her aunt we took her in.
She cried for a long time. She said, "This is the happiest moment of my life!"
I have no idea what the future all holds for Preethi but we want to do the best we can for her.
Navya showed up at school today after two long years. I told her, "Hey, I haven't seen you for a long time!" Piece by piece her story came back through her teacher's, her mother and Navya herself.
Her father is a very strong Hindu. Two years back Navya had attended our annual Vacation Bible School held at our school. She took home the activity booklet and songs from the week. Her father was very upset and pulled her out of school. In order to cleanse her and appease the gods he took her to many temples to sanctify her. He took every step he could think of to make the gods happy; even going as far as shaving her head as a devoted worshipper would do. He wanted to make sure she was dedicated back go their gods.
During this process Navya became sick. Navya and her mother said they pray to Jesus every chance they get. Navya and her mother begged her father to allow Navya to come back to Good Life School. Finally he allowed her to come.
Her mother's request was, "Is there any possibility to have Navya stay at the boarding school?"
I asked Navya why she would want to stay. Her answer was, "Here, I can sing Jesus' songs!"
Pray for the children of Good Life Slum School and Boarding School that Jesus would continue to have His way in their hearts and bring healing to the many hurts they have experienced.
Pray for our staff that we can be Jesus to them. For wisdom to be the "mommy's and daddy's" that they need during this tender time in their lives. Pray that we can give them the instruction they need to grow into godly young men and women.
Isaiah 25:4 "For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall." ~Such is our God!