Let's meet some more of the 2019 Team! Lorraine Fletcher will be going to Brazil in February, and would love your support. Read her story below, and help her raise funds for the mothers and children in Brazil by donating here: cafdonate.cafonline.org/8296
"Hi I am Lorraine. I'm 46, married to Paul and mum to Lily (16 - also coming to Brazil), Holly (15) and Maggie (6), not forgetting our newest addition Kevin the dog (needed to improve the ratios of male to female in our household!).
I was brought up in Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria – famous for the Chewits advert (showing my age) and Emlyn Hughes. I came to Liverpool to study English and Drama at 18 and fell in love with the city and the people. I have been a Solicitor for many years practising in both criminal and family law. My practice in the last 13 years has been representing parents and children in care proceedings.
As the years have continued I have become more and more challenged by the lack of support, direction, encouragement and friendship young parents are given when trying to become the parents that their children deserve and society demands. Many having had poor parenting experiences themselves and the cycle of poor parenting sadly continues. What Encontro Com Deus are doing for mothers and children in Brazil is exactly what is needed everywhere. Showing Gods love to those who may have felt very little love at all in their lives, helping them to see their potential, providing nurturing and practical support and giving them hope for a better future for themselves and their children. Amazing!
Shortly after becoming part of the church family at St Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool around 16 years ago, I felt called to join youth ministry and I have volunteered in this age range for just over 14 years and love it! This role has changed from a volunteering role to a paid role in the last few months. I love the potential in young people and feel very privileged to be part of a young person’s journey that may lead them to know the joy of Jesus in their lives. I believe my working with young people from a legal and youth work perspective has all been part of an exciting plan that God has for me. I believe that the trip to Brazil is a part of this journey too and to share it with my daughter as well I think will be an incredible blessing to us both.
I am thrilled to be part of the team going to Brazil and believe God will have lots to share through this experience for me personally and professionally. When I returned to uni to study for an MA in youth work I loved reading about Paulo Freire’s theories and philosophies – a great Brazilian philosopher who sought to champion education that allowed those who are oppressed to regain their sense of humanity. I am so excited to see first hand how Encontro Com Deus get alongside all those who come through their doors and support them to participate in seeking to transform their own world. Sooo Excited!
Please pray for us as a team - that God guides us through all of our planning, for all of us to be healthy and ready for the demands of the trip, that our families are ok back at home without us, for safety and that we shine out Gods love to everyone we meet at Encontro Com Deus."
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On the 6th of October, ECD had their Children's day party. It was an amazing, fun time with a ball pit, dancing, clowns and so much more! It looks fantastic and shows how important it is to celebrate children and all the love and fun they bring.
We just have to say thank you to the Andalusian Institute for this fabulous equine therapy! This wonderful organisation provides Special Needs (SEN) children with therapeutic care that allows them to grow through developing their motor skills and hand-eye coordination, as well as giving them therapy through their interaction with the horses.
The best bit? This was provided through a grant, which means it was absolutely FREE!
We wish this little boy and his mother well as the therapy continues, and are grateful for this fantastic opportunity which will really make a difference to their lives.
Every day, the amazing staff at Encontro Com Deus in Brazil, work to combat the effects of extreme violence in the country. They help to keep children off the potentially violent streets by providing them with opportunities for learning and fun beyond school, and they protect mothers and children who have been affected by domestic violence or similar situations by keeping them together as a family and caring for them.
If you can, please donate to help this wonderful work continue, and help stop the violence.
Another unmissable event from the fab fundraising team who will visit Brazil in 2019, in conjunction with the Bentley Operatic Society.
They will be singing fantastic songs from hit musicals, and there will even be refreshments included in the ticket price. All that, and you'll be making a difference to the lives of children in Brazil!
Tickets are just £10, and details of how you can get your hands on them are on the image below.
Don't miss it! 2.30pm on Sunday the 4th of November.
This pioneering law came to fruition after Da Penha's husband attempted to murder her twice, and increased the severity of punishment for domestic violence perpetrators.
However, even now, one woman is murdered every 2 hours in Brazil.
It's not okay.
That's why it's so important that Encontro Com Deus provide a home and protection for women who have been victims of domestic violence and aggression, and most importantly, do not separate them from their children when they are already going through such a difficult and tumultuous time.
Wherever you live and wherever you are from: speak out against domestic violence, and support Encontro Com Deus in protecting the victims.
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In July, President Patrick Reason was able to speak at an event for professionals in the area of social assistance in a wonderful time of sharing experiences. He spoke about the importance of the family bond and of living like Jesus. Plus, who should he see there but a woman who has left the care of ECD some time ago?! What an incredible experience!
Meanwhile, at the Church, ECD were bestowed with generous gifts once again! Across the month of August, there had been a campaign for donations of non-perishable goods like foodstuffs and hygiene products, and the generosity was so fantastic that a coffee evening was held to thank the many people who donated things, including the fab Rescue Warriors Moto Club. We are so grateful for the support in strengthening familial bonds and making the Casas a comfortable place to live.
Finally, at the Community Centre, there was a theatre trip! Children who come to the day centre in Curitiba, as well as the children from the foster homes, had the opportunity to see "Circus of Monica's Class", courtesy of Opus Promoções and Grupo Leblon Transporte de Passageiros Ltda. What a fantastic opportunity!
ATTENTION, LIVERPOOL! Today, from 12pm until 2pm, there will be a craft sale at St Peter's Church, Woolton, to raise money for the roof area in the community centre to be covered. Get yourself down there to support ECD UK and the team from Liverpool who will be visiting them in 2017, and bag some gorgeous crafts too!
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