ReDiscovering Lent

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The season of Lent is a time of reflection, repentance and prayer for many Christians as they remember what Christ sacrificed for us on the Cross. Celebrated in the spring for 40 days, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. Marked by periods of feasting, praying and fasting, Lent is time to prepare for the celebration of Resurrection Sunday.

In 1944, as WWII was coming to a close the congregation of Park Street Church in Boston, MA decided that they wanted to do something to assist churches in Europe to reach out and rebuild their communities. That year during Lent, they would sacrifice for this cause and give up one meal each week. On Easter Sunday, the money that they would have spent on that meal would be given to the church’s War Relief Fund. The idea spread to other churches around the country and that Easter Sunday, through a process of sacrifice, churches collected $600,000. That’s the equivalent value of over $7 million dollars today.

For over 70 years World Relief has empowered local churches to join God’s mission in the world, to be the agents of change, heroes within their own communities, and to see the fullness of the gospel realized both in word and deed. This year for our 70th anniversary, we invite you to return back to World Relief’s roots with us and join us as we Rediscover Lent.

We hope that you will join us during this year’s Lenten season by giving up something which will free up resources to be used to help churches around the world serve their communities.

If you have questions now or would like to participate, please contact World Relief Spokane. To meet and discuss how your Church can become empowered to serve the most vulnerable, please contact:

Doug Wagley (Church Mobilizer) at dwagley@wr.org or Mark Kadel (Director of World Relief Spokane) at mkadel@wr.org. 

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Upcoming FUNDRAISERS!

From January through March 2014, World Relief Spokane is partnering with Blu Berry Frozen Yogurt. All tips & spare change are donated to World Relief!

Visit any of the three Blu Berry locations to participate: 57th , Northtown & 5 Mile!

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World Relief Spokane’s Anti-Human Trafficking Department is supporting Dutch Bros. commitment to sell products free from slave labor or child exploitation.

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To purchase a $20 DUTCH BROS. COFFEE CARD, please visit World Relief Spokane at

1522 N. Washington Street #204, Spokane, WA 99201!

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World Relief’s Anti-Trafficking Department provides training, education, and awareness about Human Trafficking to the Inland Northwest. World Relief is equipped to provide direct services to foreign-born victims of human trafficking. For more information, to get involved or donate, please contact World Relief at RACE2ENDSLAVERY@WR.ORG.

The Justice Conference Spokane

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The Justice Conference is proud to present The Justice Conference Spokane, a Partner Site for The Justice Conference 2014.

The Live Simulcast will be held at:

  Garland Church
2011 W. Garland Ave.
Spokane, WA 99205
509.327.7700

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Registration: 

From now up through the day of the simulcast, register for $34.00. per participant.

The Justice Conference is proud to present The Justice Conference Spokane, a Partner Site for The Justice Conference 2014. A LIVE simulcast will be held at Garland Church, February 21st and February 22nd.

Schedule of sessions:
Friday February 21st
Sessions will begin at 6:00 PM  and end at 9:00 PM

Saturday February 22nd
Sessions will begin at 8:30 AM  and continue through 9:00 PM

Please visit  The Justice Conference  for more information!

The Justice Conference Partner Site Network

The Justice Conference is a networked national conference that educates, inspires and connects a generation around a shared concern for the oppressed. Each self-organizaed Partner Site hosts a live simulcast feed of the Conference and may host its own, distinct pre-conference speaker sessions and exhibitors — all to bring more voices into the conversation in order to empower people to affect change on behalf of the vulnerable. The views and opinions of Partner Sites and their speakers do not necessarily represent those of The Justice Conference.

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65 days

Written by: Christi Armstrong (World Relief Spokane Employment Specialist)

Sixty five days ago “refugee” was nothing more than a noun in my world.  Refugee could be found at http://www.dictionary.com and was defined as “a person who flees for refuge or safety, especially to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc.”, words on a page, nothing more.  In one rather sudden, unexpected moment my understanding of “refugee” changed.  I had never seen or known a refugee until, by the Lord’s providential work, I was invited to join the staff at World Relief, Spokane WA.  Sixty five days later my life has been wrecked by the refugees who have come to my office in hope of finding a job in their new country.  My clients from Sudan know me as “the Sudanese Mom”.  I know them as fine, courageous young men who have left behind family, friends and all they have known to find hope in a country where they are strangers.  As I think of these precious ones my eyes fill with tears to know that the God of the Universe would trust one such as I to be His heart extended to these sojourners.  Lord, help me to represent You well in my work with these people.  May Your favor rest on them as they continue on their journey. 

Meet Christi, on the far left, and the rest of the Employment Team at World Relief Spokane! If you are an Employer that is interested in connecting with our team of Case Managers below, please call 509.484.9829 or visit http://worldreliefspokane.org/employment-services/. Our employment team seeks after employment for our clients who are willing to work in a variety of different conditions.

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Advent Conspiracy

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As we partner with more than 100,000 volunteers in the local church, World Relief has already seen God work powerfully through millions of lives each year. Advent Conspiracy is a great way for all of us to partner together during Advent, living out the Gospel as Jesus intended, while seeing discipleship and Christ-centeredness deepen within every congregation. If you’d like more information now, we’d be honored to give you a call! Just email us at ADVENT@WR.org.

Advent Conspiracy Summarized

 

World Relief and Advent Conspiracy are creating resources—including sermon notes, children’s curriculum, bulletin inserts, small group materials and a video—to help your church:

 

Worship Fully Christmas marks the moment where God’s promise was fulfilled and love took form, tiny fingers and all. It is a moment that deserves our full attention and praise—a celebration!
Spend Less By spending wisely on gifts we free ourselves from the anxiety associated with debt so we can take in the season with a full heart.
Give More The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone is yourself. And nobody models this better than Jesus.
Love All By spending just a little less on gifts we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who are in need.

 

World Relief Advent Conspiracy - PhotosIf you have a Church congregation, small group/ bible study, or group of friends and family that would like to join the conspiracy, please email: Angie Funnell at afunnell@wr.org! However, we encourage ALL supporters to participate and give a gift regardless of if your Church is participating.

Please send checks to: ATTN: World Relief Advent Conspiracy

Address: World Relief Spokane, 1522 N. Washington Street, Spokane, WA 99201

WR Employee Spotlight

Have you ever wondered… what a Case Manager at World Relief does?  If you have, then you are in luck because World Relief Spokane is excited to share that Case Manager, Coleen Hogan, was recently highlighted on an encouraging and inspiring lifestyle website called, She’s Charming. She’s Charming is a space for women of the 21st century who believe in the power and strength within them and want to express that in all areas of their lives.

We are blessed and encouraged to share this Employee Spotlight! To read the full length article, visit: Coleen Hogan: Career Spotlight.

101813 032A Case Manager for World Relief, in the Refugee Resettlement Department, Coleen said, “I help refugees fleeing from conflict or persecution in their home countries to resettle in Spokane and begin a new life in the United States. World Relief is contracted by the U.S. government to provide required services to each refugee client within the first 90 days of arrival, and I work with a partner to make sure all those services are implemented for our current refugee cases. We pick up the refugees from the airport, find them housing, supply basic furniture and household items, help them to apply for Social Security numbers and welfare benefits, provide orientation presentations, enroll them in ESL classes or schools, teach them basic life skills, and assist in setting up medical screenings. I have approximately 30 current cases at any time and my clients come from all over the world. Right now we have refugees from Burma, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Republic of Congo, Moldova, Cuba, and Guinea.”

When asked ‘What is the most unique aspect of your job,’ Coleen said: “Walking through the office one can hear almost any language imaginable (and some that I didn’t even know existed, like Tigrinya), and this is beneficial for our clients because there is almost always someone to interpret and explain cultural norms or differences in an understandable way. Our potlucks are also incredible, so many different types of food in one place and the world’s BEST homemade chai.”

When asked ‘What is your favorite part of your job,’ Coleen said: “There are so many things I enjoy about my job with World Relief. I love doing airport pick-ups, even late at night, being one of the first people to welcome a refugee to their new home is so exciting! It’s especially fun when a new arrival has family members here in Spokane. Sometimes refugee families have been separated for months or years, and I get to be there to see the pure joy and love as they reunite for the first time. I am also constantly challenged by my job which keeps me engaged — sometimes a little stressed — but never bored. Each day with each client is different and I am continually learning new things about cultures around the world and even more about the United States through an outside perspective.”

You can follow the adventures of Coleen and the rest of the World Relief Spokane staff on Instagram (WorldReliefSpokane) and Facebook.  Get connected if you feel the call to serve the vulnerable with us. Our Case Managers work heavily with our volunteer base and are assisted by interns. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or applying for an internship, please connect with our Volunteer Coordinator, Kim McKenna. Email Kim at kmckenna@wr.org!

Not My Life

Written by: Mark Kadel (World Relief Spokane Director) 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING FILM BRINGS ISSUE TO THE COMMUNITY’S CONSCIOUSNESS

150 years ago this year, our Nation’s President at the time, a fellow by the name of Abraham Lincoln, signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in this country.  Yet today, internationally, most authorities acknowledge there are more slaves that at any time in human history.  The issue for the Christian community 150 years ago and was convincing a skeptical public that slavery was wrong.  Today, the issue for advocates of ending modern day slavery is to convince a skeptical Church that slavery exists!  That issue, in part, was the reason the World Affairs Council, partnering with World Relief Spokane, hosted a film screening of Not My Life on Oct. 3rd at the Bing Crosby Theater with a panel discussion afterward with local and national experts in the field.

Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life featured more than fifty interviews with trafficking victims and their advocates in government, law enforcement, civil society, and the private sector. From 10 year-old girls raped in USA truck stops or brothels in India; to street beggars in Africa; to domestic servants in Washington, D. C., Not My Life took viewers into a world that is difficult to imagine.  Turnout at the theater was moderate, but of those who came, many were passionate about the cause.  Those interviewed afterwards all agree that although the film was good, the best part of the evening was the panel discussion afterwards.

Along with local Spokane Police and FBI representatives, the panel also included a WA State representative and representatives from local social service agencies, World Relief and Lutheran Community Services.  The featured panelist was Sandie Morgan, Director of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University.  Sandie’s expertise in issues surrounding awareness, education, victim centered services and comprehensive advocacy for changing the public’s perception of women, girls and boys caught in the net of trafficking brought this issue to a new level of consciousness.   Anyone who attended the film screening came away with a new appreciation and level of understand of the magnitude of this evil human rights disaster in our land.

Sandie spoke and a variety of different venues throughout the weekend, including Moody Bible Institute, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, World Relief Spokane and New Life Church in Spokane Valley.  Recognized internationally as an authority on human trafficking, Sandie shared her passion to inform and provide practical ways people can become involved in the movement to end the demand for forced labor and sex trafficking in our own community.  It was a privilege for World Relief to host Sandie Morgan this month and if you want to learn more about this issue or how you can become involved, please visit our website at http://worldreliefspokane.org/anti-trafficking.