Help welcome a family fleeing El Salvador 

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 Adams

Topics: Church Life, Events



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