LCC received the following request from Pastor Kevin Kritzer, Bethany Lutheran Church, Long Beach, California.
Dear Lutheran Church Charities,
I received a request from Nader Hanna of Salam Ministries. Nader is in the process of his colloquy and serving as a vicar at Faith Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach, California. Salam Ministries is doing wonderful work at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Cypress, which our congregation is serving during a long term vacancy.
Vicar Nadar shared:
“A few months ago a common friend introduced us to a beautiful Muslim family of four – husband, wife, daughter and son – to became a part of our Salam (SoCal) Fellowship/Bible study. God blessed us with a young American woman who volunteered to babysit the children during our Thursday meetings and teach them about Jesus. The wife was pregnant with twin boys and arrangements were in place to baptize all four of them in October. However, she delivered them early; the twins were born alive, breathed for a few seconds, and then passed as they were too tiny to survive. It was very emotional for the entire family!
Sharing parts of 1 Corinthians 15 was a source of consolation for the family… apparently the son was paying close attention; he started comforting us the adults with the word of Jesus: “We didn’t lose them, they are with God, God is their Father, they can see Jesus.”
‘I didn’t lose my twins, they are in good hands with the One who loves them before I even knew them, and He loves me. Painful, but we have hope, we have future, we have a friend, we have a Father, we have Jesus,’ the wife said between her tears. This family came to faith in Christ only last year, however they have a very strong faith and a deep relationship with God.
This new faithful family needs $2,500 in financial assistance to help cover burial/funeral costs. Once a refugee and asylum seeker, they are now U.S. citizens.”
Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity, hallmark characteristics of our God. I hope you’ll be able to assist with this request.
Kevin L. Kritzer
Bethany Lutheran Church
Long Beach, California
Please prayerfully consider making a donation to help this family in need.