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July 17, 2014

Emergency appeal issued to support civilians in Gaza region

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) issue an appeal for prayers and financial support to treat Palestinian civilians injured as a result of hostilities between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel.

We stand with all the people in the Holy Land and keep them in our prayers, says ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson. We pray for peace for all who are affected by this violence and devastation. Gracious God, comfort all those who live in fear. May you bring mercy, compassion and grace to all in need and strengthen the will of those who can impact negotiations and bring peace.

Donations will provide urgently needed medical supplies to civilians receiving treatment at the Augusta Victoria Hospital, a program of the Lutheran World Federation in East Jerusalem.

“Hospitals in Gaza are under great pressure as they suffer from an acute shortage of essential drugs, medical supplies and fuel to provide power,” said CLWR Executive Director Robert Granke. “The Palestinian health sector is relying heavily on the services of Augusta Victoria Hospital on the Mount of Olives,” he added.

Lutherans are encouraged to participate in the appeal through prayer and financial support.

Remember the people who live in the Holy Land and all those who yearn for peace in your prayers, especially on the 24th of every month (a date set aside for a regular global ecumenical call to prayer initiated by ACT Alliance), until a just and lasting negotiated resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict occurs. Please visit actpalestineforum.org/vigil/ to sign up and see worship resources.

Donations to the “Medical care for Palestinian civilians” appeal may be made in the following ways:

1. By making a designated offering donation through any ELCIC congregation.

2. By giving online at www.clwr.org/donate. Click on Emergencies and select “Medical care for Palestinian civilians.”

3. By calling CLWR at 1.800.661.2597 (locally at 204.694.5602) to donate by credit card.

4. By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR and mailed to CLWR, 600-177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “Medical care for Palestinian civilians.”

Further information on the region can be found in a release by The Lutheran World Federation issued earlier today: www.lutheranworld.org/news/holy-land-lutheran-bishop-younan-pleads-end-revenge-and-bloodshed
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