Equipping The Saints
La Gran Familia
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"La Gran Familia wishes to thank all those from our diocese who honored their mothers with a donation to those less fortunate than themselves. The $8659.14 that was collected during the Mother's Day Ingathering last May went to help pay for the 1st brand new van that LGF has ever been able to afford! What a blessing you, the parishes and individuals of the Diocese of Ft. Worth have been over the last 18 years."
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After 18 years of dedicated service to La Gran Familia, Goretti Lerma presented her retirement notice to the board of directors on September 24th in Bedford, Texas. The board of directors expressed their sincere gratitude for her commitment to La Gran Familia all these years, and her personal sacrifices to ensure the LGF children had not just a home but a family. In the last 18 years, Goretti has had many different roles in LGF, she has done it all while raising her own family, maintaining a career as a school teacher, and being an activist in the community. Goretti has helped from the very beginning, when Father Gregory first started his service in 1999 to the ‘least of these’ in Cuauhtémoc.
Goretti first met Fr. Greg and the boys through the school where she was the principal. She saw what Fr. Greg was trying to do for these boys by providing them a home and education; and she joined him in being an advocate for the boys in the educational system. Over time Goretti provided more and more help to Fr. Greg in managing the needs of the boys. In October of 2001, Fr. Greg suddenly died from a heart attack. She stayed with the boys that night to comfort them in their shock and grief.
Then came the obvious question, “Who will take care of these boys?” Despite having her own home, family, and career, with little hesitation Goretti moved her family to La Gran Familia to live with and take care of the boys. She could have simply taken on an administration role and found people to come and work in the home, but she took on the more challenging task of leaving her own home, moving to an orphanage with her husband and kids, and being a mother to these boys. She made a decision that quite possibly no one else would have done, and it is for this reason that La Gran Familia has such a strong sense of family for the children.
As LGF grew in both number of children and in space, Goretti hired workers to help with laundry, cooking, and various other tasks re-quired in raising such a large family. Even through this growth, she always found a way to maintain the family atmosphere. Among other accomplishments, in 2008 she started a daycare to provide subsidized childcare to single mothers, and in 2013 she led the efforts in the construction of the new building, by finding local sources of funding. Then in 2014, after 12 years as the primary care giver, Goretti shifted into a more administrative role and trained others to take over the various roles of her position. Through her leadership LGF will be left in very capable hands.
Join us in giving a huge ‘Thank you!’ to Goretti for her service, and in wishing her blessings and success in her new role on the city council. We are forever grateful for her sacrifice for the children of LGF. Perhaps her greatest legacy will be that LGF is truly a family and not an institution.
Grant LeMarquand is Area Bishop of the Horn of Africa, Wendy is a practicing medical doctor. This article is about their ministry to Sudanese people now displaced to refuge camps in Gambela, Ethiopia. Visit Bsp. Grant and Dr. Wendy's Blog.
This video is Bsp Grant's presentation at the 2016 New Wineskins Conference. Thank you to Kevin Kallsen at Anglican.tv for his work in capturing the wonderful speakers and their message.
Recently a group of Christians met with a camp official to discuss plans for a priest to come to the camp to give Holy Communion and baptize their children. The camp official claimed that these refugees “have no God” or rights. In fact, they do have these rights, and despite the effort against Christian worship in the camp, attendance in the church at the camp has increased. It seems these people do have a God after all.
At another camp nearby, every evening at sundown children and young people gather outside St. John the Baptist Anglican Church to sing, read scripture and pray for the sick. Other camps have seen this and started modeling after them. One day while worshipping, the police arrived and took the pastor and children to jail, saying that what they were doing was illegal. The pastor said, “No, we are allowed to pray. We will pray. If you want to imprison us for the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will suffer gladly.” They were finally released, as it seems it was too much trouble to keep them locked up.
These stories and attempts to dehumanize are in sharp tension with the over-arching story we find in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In the face of the attempts to dehumanize them, our people simply continue to sing and to pray, to build churches out of the mud and the sticks because they know that one day all will become clear. One day “every knee will bow and every tongue confess ... that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
Reprint with permission from SAMS
The conference has ended but their mission work continues on. Thank you to Kevin Kallsen at Anglican.tv for his work in capturing the wonderful speakers and their message.
The following video is a Plenary address "God’s Heart for the Young and for Justice" by Summer and Guy Benton, SAMS Missionaries to Cambodia.
A team from the Diocese of Fort Worth, TX of close to 50 adults and youth representing 9 churches attended the New Wineskins Mission Conference April 7 through 10.
Everyone returned ready to bring a renewed passion for mission back to our diocese.
Mrs. Goretty Lerma retires as Director of La Gran Familia. We are forever grateful for her sacrifice for the children of LGF. Perhaps her greatest legacy will be that LGF is truly a family and not an institution.
Bishop Grant & Dr. Wendy LeMarquand's ministry to Sudanese people now displaced to refuge camps in Gambela, Ethiopia.
New Wineskins Conference 2016...
The conference has ended but their mission work continues on.
A Mission Organization of the Diocese of Fort Worth
Bishop Jack L. Iker