On October 27, we were fortunate to have Francis Lukolo join us and share his experience with the Episcopal Refugee Network. Here are Francis' words: Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I am glad to be able to speak today on behalf of the refugee network. My name is Francis Lukolo, and I am a part of the St. Luke's congregation, which is also where I became acquainted with the refugee network. Their services has lended more than a helping hand to families throughout the community. One way it impacted my life, was when I sought out help to apply for colleges I was confused with all the daunting paperwork and redundant procedures. It was then that the president of the refugee network Joyce Justus spent hours with me looking over my choices and helping me out throughout the whole process. And now with the hard work and dedication on my end, I'm a Freshman at the University of San Diego, which I never thought was possible, coming from Morse High School. The refugee network has also impacted other families, with their weekly food distributions, many families go to St Luke's every weekend to pick up sacks of rice, and other essential food items. Little kids and adults both benefit from their tutoring, and translation services which are very valuable for government programs, they also help families with school enrollment, and medical appointments, and a variety of many other services, that refugees need assistance with. You see, every pledge makes a difference, big or small, you'll still be helping the refugee network operate, which in turn helps out the families seeking these services. I'd like to give a warm thanks to the existing pledgers and the new ones both, you truly are supporting this ministry and many others with your generosity. Thank you again, and have a wonderful day.
Chris and Ally are half of one of St. Andrew's many military families. St. Andrew's has been a huge part of their time stationed in California, and they shared their stories with us on October 13.