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From the Harwich United Methodist Church newsletter
(Ed Farrell-Starbuck has been the pastor since 2014)
Helping Hands for Refugees
Ed is a member of the Refugee Support Team of the Nauset Interfaith Association. Its mission is to support and advocate for newcomers to America: “We are called to assist our congregations in responding to the global refugee crisis. We are guided by a sense of our roots in a nation of immigrants and the witness of our faith traditions.” To fulfill its calling, they have:
- Partnered with Ascentria Care Alliance, which has resettled refugees from over 30 nations in the Worcester area;
- Become an “extended community circle,” offering physical and social support to new families as we are able, together with a dozen community circle congregations in Worcester;
- Held drives for household items and gift cards needed by these new American families in Worcester; welcomed refugee families in the homes of Cape Cod hosts for summer “mini-vacation” weekends, bringing enrichment to guests and hosts alike;
- Advocated for the United States to adopt more generous policies in welcoming those who are among the world’s most vulnerable people, through newspaper articles and outreach to legislators.
There are some 65 million persons in our world who are displaced from their homes by conflict, persecution and natural disaster. If you would like to learn more, please speak with Ed. Their monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday from 9:30 – 11:00 at the Federated Church in Orleans. Donations are always welcome. Send to Nauset Interfaith Association (memo Refugee Support), PO Box 306, South Orleans, MA 02662
“Don’t mistreat any foreigners who live in your land. Instead treat them as well as you treat citizens and love them as much as you love yourself.”
As part of their work, we received the following from the Refugee Support Team:
Reunite Hope with her Family
Hope was separated from her father when she was one year of age. Dominique, known to his close friends as “Tony”, was part of a peace-keeping force in his home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo in western Africa. With the onset of a civil war, Tony received several death threats. After being severely beaten, he managed to escape his war-torn country and find safety in Europe before seeking political asylum in the United States.
Tony has been very fortunate to secure employment with Habitat for Humanity and has won the love and support of many. Learning of his story and the plight of his wife and daughter has inspired this campaign to help reunite Tony, his wife Joelle and daughter Hope. These last 4 years have been tumultuous for the entire family, who has spent much of these years apart. Hope has been residing with her grandparents, but this five year old child just longs to be with her parents.
Hope speaks with her father daily by Skype. She continually begs to see her parents again and cannot fully comprehend why she is living apart from them. Adults have the ability to choose their beliefs and are ready to suffer the consequences of these decisions. Children however, do not understand and seek only the love they have lost.
Hope and her grandmother have an invitation to visit the United States; however, the process to obtain their Visas requires proof of funds to purchase airplane tickets, and funds for living expenses while in the United States. Hope’s grandparents do not have these funds.
Help us help Hope. Our goal is to bring this little girl and her grandmother to New York by Easter. We have estimated the costs to be between $3, 500- $6000. Join our humanitarian mission to unite this family by contributing to Hope’s fund. This family has been fractured for too long. GoFundMe link to make donations: http://gf.me/u/gx75u
Summer Weekend Vacations for Refugee Families and Individuals
For the second year, the Nauset Interfaith Association is looking for volunteer hosts for refugee families from the Worcester area for a weekend on Cape Cod. The two weekend dates are July 13 – 15 and August 10 – 12. For more information, please contact Fr. Ken Campbell, ksbcampbell@verizon. net or 413-478-5719.
With sincere gratitude for your kindness.