Boots on the Ground

by Charlotte Long, Youth Ministry

The world is in turmoil right now. I like to think that the tumult is a kind of "birth pain" for a togetherness and peace under God. But until then, God calls us to love in action. We don't have to feel guilt; we only have to feel where the spirit is calling us to change ourselves and love better, love more, love freely without fetter. Perhaps to one of the causes below?

Hurricane Matthew Episcopal Relief & Development is working with diocesan leaders across the Southeast, from Florida to Virginia, as they develop emergency response plans based on damage reports and needs assessments following Hurricane Matthew. Initial relief efforts will include assisting individuals and families with food, temporary housing, household items and storage space while dioceses are developing longer-term recovery plans. These activities aim to reach the most vulnerable members of the community, providing aid in ways that support the local economy and fit area needs and context.

However, in Haiti:
2.1 million people, including 894,057 children, are affected.

1,410,774 people (12.9% of the population), including 592,581 children, need humanitarian assistance.

750,000 people, including 315,000 children, need urgent humanitarian aid for the next three months.
175,509 people displaced.

473 people dead, 75 missing, and 339 injured, according to official data available on 11 October.

To Donate or to volunteer, please visit the Episcopal Relief Fund.

You can also donate through our good friends at Heifer International.

Refugee Crisis
Today, as we see the worst refugee crisis of our time unfolding with Syrian refugees, RefugeeOne-along with the five other resettlement agencies in our State and all our resettlement partners- stands united and remains committed to continue serving refugees.






A Mutually Beneficial Exchange of Culture & Knowledge

We're looking for people with caring hearts, cultural sensitivity, and English fluency to meet one-on-one with refugees once a week for a minimum of 6 months. Opportunities are available in Chicago, Evanston, and Skokie, and have flexible schedules with the option of evening and weekend Please visit: sessions.
to apply.

Here in Chicago As some of you may have heard, our friends at Good News Partners in Rogers Park suffered a serious fire affecting their offices and a brand new playground. An appeal has gone out to all the churches that support GNP requesting whatever aid individuals and communities might be able to offer. If you would like to make a donation to aid GNP, please feel free to send a check to Holy Comforter, either made out to the church with the memo section referencing Good News Partners, or donate directly to GNP here: