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SDA Church Gives to Syria

The following news item has been taken from the Rocky Mountain News Nuggets, edited by Rajmund Dabrowski:

Members of Newday Church Donate Relief Funds For Aleppo and Mosul   »   An event in Bethlehem one silent night 2,000 years ago, changed the world forever. Believing that Christmas can still change our world, members of Newday Church set out to be God’s agents during the 2016 Christmas season.
   For the past decade, church members have raised money at Christmastime for global organizations that tackle social issues they believe Jesus cares about. Each year, they stretch their giving. They “spend a little less so that they can give a little more,” explains Kim Kennedy, church member at Newday.
   In the past, they donated as much as $36,000. This year, with $40,000 in matching funds, they collected $96,400, an impressive amount that is already on its way to help people around the world whose lives are not as comfortable or as safe as our lives in the United States.   c5f75a50-53e2-4ca7-b4b6-929b7f508741.jpg 
   World Relief, an organization supplying refugee families in Aleppo, Syria and Mosul, Iraq with the essentials they need to survive was selected as one beneficiary. On Sabbath, January 14, World Relief’s church partnership coordinator, Mark Lamb flew in from Seattle to personally thank Newday’s members and receive their check for $40,000.
   “Refugees,” said Lamb during his visit to Newday, “are typically unwanted in the communities and countries they flee to. Welcoming the unwanted,” he believes, “is one of the best expressions of the gospel.”
   Another recipient of Newday’s generosity, International Justice Mission, is an organization that tackles injustice and modern-day slavery. They will receive a check for $45,000, an amount that will fund six rescue missions much like the operation that took place this month in Manila where nine boys and girls, ranging from 2 to 10 years in age, were rescued from two separate homes.
   Caring for their neighbors who need a hand up is a way of life for Newday. They have benefitted Parker Task Force/Food Bank in previous fundraisers. Last month, , they gave $10,000 to this food bank, a non-profit dedicated to providing individuals and families in their community with food and other resources to help them become self-sufficient.
   The final $4,400 from the total raised by Newday will go to Iquitos, Peru to build a church there along with a home for an elderly woman.
[Carol Bolden; photo by Kim Kennedy: Pastor David Kennedy presenting check to Mark Lamb]

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