In every Hands at Work community there is a coordinator - a local who takes on a leadership role and oversees the well-being of care workers and families, as well as the provision of services in their community. In Kalende, this is Fredrick - a man who is a tower of strength in the community and truly demonstrates the heart of Christ. As a team, we were touched and inspired by how open and honest many of the care workers were in sharing their struggles and personal stories. Their dependence on each other and Jesus to face significant challenges was evident.  One of the days we were in Kalende, a few of the men from our team were invited to join some of the male care workers in speaking to the young men about integrity. After this session, when we were all together for a group photo, Fredrick smiled at me and said “we stand together”! My heart swelled. Yes! That is essentially what these care workers do, day in and day out. They stand together! And it is what we do, as supporters of Kalende. Despite the physical distance, we stand in solidarity with this community and ask for God’s mercy and provision.

Fredrick’s passion for the well-being of those in his community was a moving experience for our team members.  He is a mentor to many, old and young. This month’s community update newsletter highlights this important work! It describes how Fred is journeying with families to build resilience through committed/persistent relationship. You can read the report here. 

Chris Meloche

**Chris and his wife Lilli will be visiting Kalende in July. We would love to send along some words of encouragement from our Commons community to Kalende! Stop by the information table at any service on June 23rd to contribute! You are also welcome to join in the next advocacy prayer gathering at Kensington Commons June 13, 2019 @ 7:30pm