Thanksgiving Collection – 2015
Lev. 19:10 “Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.”
At this time of year, we give thanks for the abundant harvest that God has provided in all the land. Let us remember to share from this abundance with the poor and the foreigner who may be in need. This year, CRWRF again has chosen to designate the Thanksgiving Offering for the plight of the refugees in this world. There has been much media attention in the past few months about Syrian refugees seeking asylum and sponsorship in Europe and North America. It can be overwhelming in this global village we live in to know how to reach out in a situation that enters our home each day visually but geographically is far removed. Many churches are considering setting up sponsorship programs locally within their congregations; God’s people declaring His house as a place of refuge! CRWRF is supporting some of the millions of refugees that cannot afford even that avenue of escape from the oppression that they are fleeing from or living in. For the many refugees that have fled Syria and Iraq to neighbouring countries by foot or by car, the provision of food vouchers, medicine, shelter and nutritional supplements for the lame and the little are the daily necessities that sustain them while they await the opportunity to return to their homes and their land. Another tangible way to help is to share a loaf of bread ($2) in the collection bag for those who are hungry. Since the beginning of 2015, we have donated on your behalf $145,621 to refugee relief programs. Donations are given through trusted partners who are able to give a Christian witness when possible. We continue to monitor the Refugee Crisis in Syria and other areas of the world. Please mark your thanksgiving donation “Thanksgiving 2015 – Refugee Aid” You can donate online, through the mail or your local deaconry.
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