Presentation on theme: "The hands of Jesus… in a world that hurts LOBETHAL ACTION WEEKEND 3 – 5 September 2010."— Presentation transcript:
The hands of Jesus… in a world that hurts LOBETHAL ACTION WEEKEND 3 – 5 September 2010
Jambo! My name is Jonathan Krause. I’m the Communications Manager for Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS). I’d like to share with you the exciting things that happened during the ALWS weekend that was held in Lobethal in September 2010!
The weekend started with Friday Friends where over 50 children took part in activities to help them learn about refugees and people in need!
The SHWALLY youth group really took up the challenge by organising a refugee camp out. Unfortunately the rain made it impossible to sleep outside, however they made the most of it while learning about what it’s really like living in a refugee camp.
Even the food was rationed with each person receiving a small bowl of rice.
Thomas and Harrison enjoying their rice…in traditional African bowls?!
A challenging part of the night was listening to refugee, David Jok, talk about his amazing experiences escaping violence and suffering in Sudan!
A highlight of the weekend was the African Dinner on Saturday night! We shared together wonderful African food and music while learning abut the needs of refugees in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.
During the evening we shared together stories of people in refugee camps and the work of ALWS. “Right now there are 65,000 people at Kakuma Refugee Camp. Each one of those people has a story to tell that will break your heart. They've fled from war and poverty and loss. It's almost impossible for us to understand. When you talk to people they matter-of-factly share horrors that are almost unbelievable to those of us living safely in the west.”
“I remember one lady, Modesta, whose husband and child were murdered by her own father, because they happened to be the 'wrong' tribe. You could see the suffering breaking her heart, but somehow she clung to her faith in God and looked in hope to the future.”
“We have an extraordinary privilege to stand alongside such brave caring people. We have much to learn from their faith and generosity. And when they say thank you for our support - as they do all the time - it is incredibly humbling.”
“It was a fantastic weekend of being reminded of the blessings God has poured out on us here in Australia and how we can help those in need. But, thankfully, that’s not the end of the story. Your congregation can also be involved in organising an awareness day or weekend. It’s a fun and easy way to: raise awareness enjoy tasty and different food build community involve people who may not yet be ready to come along to church!”
“So, why not give it a go! Please contact Jen at ALWS for more information.” 1300 763 407 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“It was a fantastic weekend of being reminded of the blessings God has poured out on us here in Australia and how we can help those in need. Thankfully, that’s not the end of the story. You can still be involved and you can still help. Why not give a gift this Christmas that makes a lasting impact! Here’s how!