The Lake Union Conference administration provides tangible ground-level support to our entities and sub-entities and has disseminated funding for our cities whose citizenry have been displaced due to rioting. Currently, $15,000 has been sent to our local conferences to assist local churches with provisions for those who need basic supplementation of food, clothing and prayer support after local stores were destroyed. We are providing resources to help persons affected restock items such as diapers, clothing, food and water which were quickly exhausted after said events. Additionally, led by pastors from as far west as Minneapolis, business leaders impacted have been prayed for by our youth and young adults who also have led out in clean-up activities in their stores. Undergirding the ministry of these valiant youth/young adults was the main target of the Lake Union funding initiative. Concomitantly, police officers have been invited to join prayer vigils at these street-level healing events. Lake Union administration has asked our local conferences to match our gift with the hope of extending the healing ministry of Christ to what amounts in total to $30,000 for ministry to those hurt by recent events.
Illinois Pastor Gordon Fraser invites the Southside Chicago residents to the Goshen Church food drive.
The area churches began collecting items such as fresh produce, diapers, wipes, baby formula, baby food and canned goods.
Tasha Major and Kristen Heaphy, happened to find out about the church’s effort through social media and are now excited to help.
Our Lake Union administration has prayed earnestly that Jesus is reflected in our attempts to redress bigoted behavior and earnestly prayed for ourselves and our field that Christlikeness may prevail in all of our activities. Prayer should not be underestimated as it is the first and most important key to conflict management. Without it, attempts to bring together people of different backgrounds and opinions are doomed to fail. We urge all to understand that heart change begins in our prayer closets where God can reveal to us the darkness that is resident within relative to people of other cultures and/or subcultures within our own native cultures that are often overlooked as they do not match up with what is seen as normative for our own people group be they educationally, socially, mentally or physically disadvantaged by life’s circumstances.
Via our news organ, the Herald, the Lake Union administration has issued statements for calm and peaceful Christ-like resolve, fair treatment of the disenfranchised, and a call for continued discourse during our current season of national unrest. Also, at the president’s request, the Lake Union dedicated an issue of the Lake Union Herald to affirm the importance of a biblically based, God-centered approach to addressing the needs of the underserved and marginalized that live in our midst.