Ebola Aid for Liberia

ebolaTrinity Lutheran Church in collaboration with Liberian Community in London present two fund raising events to help with the fight against Ebola in Liberia.

All proceeds directed through Canadian Lutheran World Relief – CLWR

Praise Band Concert

6th December 2014, 7pm
– Free Will Donation
– Also accepting bars of antibacterial soap, Clorox wipes and gloves

Featuring local praise bands and talent from:

  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • Liberian Community in Southern Ontario
  • London Christian Fellowship International
  • Community Bible Church (Adelaide & Highway 7)
  • Colbourne United Church

Fund Raising Dinner & Silent Auction – November 15th

 

What a Saturday night we had on 15th November at the Ebola Aid fund raising dinner at Trinity. First things first … $4,300 was raised through ticket sales, donations, Faith Life gifts and the silent auction. United Canadian Liberian Association’s goal in Ontario is $30,000 and this was a strong contribution towards that goal. As Leo Johnson from Hamilton, the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, said, “We are not done yet, this fund raising will continue.” Leo also spoke against the Canadian government’s recent actions to stop issuing travel visas to Liberia as that action penalises a country that is suffering and it also reduces the traceability of travellers that have been to Liberia.

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Leo Johnson

We were honoured and blessed to have London’s mayor elect, Matt Brown and the honorable MPP Irene Matthiessen in attendance. Both spoke of the spoke of the community’s willingness and character in rallying to support others in need. Matt focused on Londoner’s reactions, and Irene on Canadian’s reactions. Both spoke to me privately about the warm welcome they felt here at Trinity at this event.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown

We were treated to Peartu Diggs’ solo about a loving attitude. Her song-fullness was matched only by her bravery in continuing with her solo even though the backing music had a technical glitch and she carried on without it.

Peartu Diggs

Peartu Diggs

Prince Wright, the president of the local United Canadian Liberian Association London group, gave recognition to all was an extensive list of supporters as individuals and groups that were attending. At the close (and again on the following Sunday morning in church) Henry Cooper spoke about his pride in the support he felt that the people of Trinity had given to his country men and women and he spoke about the acceptance that Trinity has offered his community from Liberia. In closing, Henry invited the Liberian community’s women out to receive a vote of thanks for all of the culinary work in donating and preparing the wonderful West African food. There was plenty of food, plenty of flavour, and for those who like it, plenty of spice.

Women from the Liberian Community in London

Women from the Liberian Community in London

I too offer my deep gratitude and share in Henry’s feeling of pride that we belong to a dedicated, generous, open, supportive and caring community at Trinity Lutheran Church in London. Thanks be to God.

Pastor Steve Johnston

 

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