LONDON ECUMENICAL REFUGEE COMMITTEE (L.E.R.C.)
Update October 2019
The London Ecumenical Refugee Committee is a small group of people representing several congregations in London. This excerpt taken from the October 2018 article written by Convenor John Stewart summarizes our group:
“We often comment on why the members of seven congregations in five denominations took on refugee sponsorship. This led us to examine our faith’s demands on us with respect to welcoming the stranger. We pray for God’s guidance at each meeting and frequently thank God for supports and interventions that just can’t be explained as coincidence. We have known all along that we are not alone and our God loves and watches over all of us in this complicated and challenging situation.”
Over the past year (since our update of Oct 2018), L.E.R.C. has undergone some trials (and celebrations):
We have also participated in a number of uplifting and wonderfully connecting activities:
Throughout the time of our group’s existence, as we have received in-kind donations we have attempted to distribute to those in need or furnish the apartment for the family that we are working on sponsoring.
Now that we are rested from the summer (?) we are eagerly looking forward to this busy and active fall.
It is my belief that FBC is still supportive of our small group. The support you can offer is to keep us in mind for in-kind donations like furniture and kitchen items, etc. However, used clothing and foot wear is no longer acceptable as donated items within the Sponsorship Agreement Holder mandate. We also ask and pray for continued financial support; financial through direct donations, or fund-raisers such as the buying of Rheo Thompson Mint Smoothie chocolate bars; and disposing of scrap metal and deceased electronics and batteries through Zubicks on Clarke Road (refer to the attached poster). Thank you for your support you have offered to us in the past.
We prayerfully ask you to consider helping us. We could also use more members, and I am aware that many people would rather not sit in on meetings but may just wish to help out on an ‘as needed basis’. Please let me know how you may be able to help us. I would certainly accept help from our teens to sell chocolates, as I could offer volunteer hours.
Just know that we, L.E.R.C., are still active and hoping to help this young family in the very near future while we continue to work with our Karen friends. Please continue to keep L.E.R.C. in your prayers for our work and support of the new-comer or refugee families, both those here now, and those who have yet to come.
Respectfully & prayerfully submitted
Karen Chiasson (Recording Secretary of L.E.R.C.)