Love Your Neighbor Community
It is natural for us to feel helpless when we hear daily news of religious violence and persecution around the world. At LYNC however we believe that if we “lync” our hands together in promotion of religious freedom and peace.
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Your donation allows us to continue engaging governments, religious community and civil society into dialog and humanitarian projects where stereotypes are broken, trust is built and most marginalized are served.
Please join us today in this important work!
The most vulnerable people at the war zone
Dear friends, once again, I want to express my wholehearted gratitude for your financial assistance toward our ministry in the small Ukrainian town Granitnoye. The coronavirus epidemic has slowed down many projects. Still, we continue to serve the sick, the hungry, and the elderly in Granitnoye. The hot meals, utilities, and expenses related to our current ability to help are $700 per/month. Even though in the most challenging conditions of the epidemic and quarantine, we managed to fulfill what was planned last year – to buy and repair a house of mercy, we still face the problem of the most vulnerable population survival in Granitnoye. We need your help! Your giving will be a great support for working with those who cannot survive without us.
Historic Multi-Faith Event in Kazakhstan
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was the year of digging up ground and laying a new foundation, and 2021 is sure to be a year of building and seeing the plan through.
In October 2020, despite the lockdowns and closed borders, I was given a special visit by the Kazakhstani government to travel and continue our projects. Together with LYNC’s in-country team, I met with 143 religious and key governmental leaders during 36 one-on-one meetings in 8 cities! By the grace of God, not one of our team members became sick either. It was the most fruitful, productive, and memorable trip yet.
Despite the continuing pandemic, limited opportunities to meet in person, on February 21 – March 5, 2021, for the very first time in Kazakh history, 25 imams and 25 Christian leaders from 9 Kazakhstani cities will gather during two retreats (for a total of 50 imams and 50 Christian leaders) to break down barriers. (On the video, global religious leaders Pastor Bob Roberts, Imam Mohamed Magid leading a similar retreat in Uzbekistan in 2019) The Kazakhstani government is open and supportive of this work, which presents a lifetime opportunity for change. LYNC has invited MFFN co-founders, Pastor Bob Roberts and Imam Mohamed Magid, to teach their model for building relationships across faiths. It will be a historic, eye-opening, and stereotype-breaking event, and we need your help.
Thanks to a grant by Templeton Religion Trust, the retreat is funded, but we are asking for a final $10,000 to secure travel for participants. Survival is real right now for faith organizations that lost a significant part of their income due to the pandemic shutdowns. They do not receive any help from the government in Kazakhstan for their work and livelihood either. Our participants need our support for plane tickets and travel expenses to attend in February.
Would you consider a year-end donation to cover the costs of faith leaders attending this historic event?
We hold great anticipation for 2021 and look forward to reporting on all the relationships being built between faiths through the upcoming retreats!