December 3, 2019
Our Sanctuary partners at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, who continue to journey with Jose Robles in detention and his family in Lakewood, have now accepted a new family from El Salvador. This family is not in Sanctuary - they are awaiting processing for asylum and are living in a unit of Gethsemane's apartments. Plymouth has an opportunity to help welcome this family with donations of needed items and/or money, using the links below in the message from Pastors Joanne Engquist and Kari Lipke:
"Yesterday in worship, we introduced a recently-arrived Salvadoran family receiving housing with the support of GLC and the Church Council of Greater Seattle.
"The family of four (parents and two daughters: a seven year old and two week old!) is settling into an apartment in our building and has appreciated the many kindnesses of people preparing a space for them. This included buying and building furniture, collecting and donating supplies and groceries. There remain a few more items needed. Please use this link to sign-up for items to offer. We could use them in the church office at Gethsemane ASAP, preferably before Sunday, December 8th. Please note that we include a line for people to sign-up to offer donations that will help cover costs of things already purchased. Feel free to send a check or use givelify -- all with memo "asylum." (If you would like a picture of an item purchased that you might "give" on behalf of someone this holiday season, let us know. We purchased items ranging from $10 to $500.) Because we had less than 48 hours notice of the family's arrival, we were unable to furnish the apartment through donations or craigslist/goodwill. We continue to build a village of love and care surrounding them. Let us know if you have questions."
-Carol Mooney for Immigration Ministry Team
photo: 'Welcome the Stranger,' by Michael AdamsSubscribe