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THE CONNECTION
 We need your help now more than ever at Connect City 
PEACE IN THE CITY MATCH FUND
Double your gift through match giving and bless refugee children, youth and families as well as those living in at - risk neighbourhoods this summer
Our summer programs will look different than last year but they are still a go!  

AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We can double your gift through a $15,000 match donation!   
Its been a very hard year. Covid - 19 continues to impact many lives disrupting our day to day activities. Now, we are also experiencing the righteous anger of precious people that have suffered far too long under an oppressive power structure that favors some over others. As Father Gregory Boyle says;

"The wrong idea has taken root in the world. And the idea is this; there just might be some lives out there that matter less than others." 

Sadly, many of the people, we serve are deeply impacted by both the racial and Covid - 19 implications.  Just imagine being a child or family living in a crowded hotel that has become emergency housing for refugee families. You are already dealing with the trauma that made you leave your country to come to Canada and now you are forced to self - isolate. Add to this, the additional stress of the racial unrest happening all around you. Or, maybe you are living in a small apartment in government housing. There is no space for privacy in your home. You feel trapped by the heaviness of navigating Covid and experiencing the ongoing division taking place all around you. Is it any wonder we are seeing more mental health struggles taking place with our people at this time?

We need to do something. Like Jesus, we must honour the value each person has as being created in the image of God. This is especially so to those who are hurting the most. This is why we are working hard to provide life - giving summer programs right here and right now! As the weather gets better people will feel more and more isolated than ever. To deal with this we will be:
  • hiring local youth and releasing them to serve their community through virtual platforms and volunteering (food banks, etc) while they build their leadership skills
  • running hope filled virtual summer programs for children, youth and families cooped up in their housing apartments or shelters 
  • adopting refugee families to check in on them daily to make sure they are well and to be there for them when they need us 
  • giving our youth a voice through many social media means
  • checking in on our families to see how they are doing
  • delivering food throughout Scarborough
  • hosting weekly Zoom church and gatherings for those who want to learn about God and receive hope and prayer
  • doing so much more
It is also why we need your help. Doing what we do costs money. Through the kindness of an anonymous donor we have been given a $15,000.00 match gift. This means our donor will match every donation that comes in for our summer program, dollar for dollar up to $15,000.00!! So, if you donate a $20 donation, it becomes a $40 donation. If you give $25, it becomes a $50 gift. A $100 donation becomes a $200.00 donation and so on.  Each dollar given will be matched by our friend of the ministry up to $15,000!  
 
Please forward this email to friends and family and join us in helping bring Jesus' peace to our crazy world this summer by supporting the Match Challenge.  All donations are tax deductible. 
HOW TO GIVE:
To give to the "Peace In The City Summer Match Fund" just click the green button below and  it will take you to our CanadaHelps online giving. Apply your donation by scrolling to #1. Peace In The City Summer Match Fund. Thank - you for your partnership! All donations are tax deductible.
GIVE NOW TO THE PEACE IN THE CITY MATCH FUND
As followers of Jesus, we are called to be people of peace and cannot ignore the evils impacting the black community. We are planning on giving a platform for our black youth to address racial injustice from their perspective. Please stay tuned for more information so you can listen to what they have to say so we can be better equipped to act out God's peace for all people.   
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