Sanctuary

"The alien who resides with you shall be to you as a citizen among you; you shall love the aliens as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God."  -Leviticus 19:34

On October 21, 2017 the St. Andrew community welcomed Laura and her two minor sons into sanctuary. We invited Laura and her family to make a temporary home with us because Laura was threatened with immediate deportation. Laura was born in Mexico and has lived in the United States for 15 years. Laura's youngest son was born in the United States. Her older son has lived in the United States since he was 2 years old. Throughout her time in the U.S. Laura has been employed, kept a home, and raised her two sons in the way of all parents who love their children. She has become a contributing member of the Lake County community during her time in the United States, has no criminal record, and has nothing to attract attention to herself or her kids prior to facing the threat of immediate deportation. Our reasoning in offering sanctuary to Laura and her kids was summarized by our vestry (leadership) during our discernment process:

" We the vestry of St. Andrew resolve to offer sanctuary on St. Andrew property to Laura and her sons on a temporary basis. She and her sons are our neighbors and they need our immediate help. But for the shelter we provide this mother would be separated from her children indefinitely, and her children would be left without a parent to care of them and provide the physical, emotional, and financial support they need to grow up in health and safety. We offer this sanctuary in obedience to God, who is made known to us in the ministry and teaching of Jesus Christ."

" And the king will answer them, 'Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did to me.'"  Matthew 25:40

We are grateful to God for this opportunity to share our Christian community with Laura and her family and grateful that together, we recognize this moment in time for what it is, blessing and challenge. We know that it will not be easy for any of us to live into the dream that our Lord offers us through this sanctuary experience. We ask for your prayers and support to see it through.

For more information about supporting us in this effort please contact our rector, the Rev. Lisa O'Rear, by phone at 440-255-8842 or by e-mail at revlisastandrew@gmail.com. 



Links:  advocacy.episcopalchurch.org/home
           http://www.sanctuarynotdeportation.org  
           http://sanctuaryphiladelphia.org

Press:  http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/10/mentor_church_gives_sanctuary.html
           http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/09/cleveland_heights_church_grants_sanctuary_to_woman_facing_
           deportation_thursday.html


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