Las Vegas Catholic Worker

Compassionate Hearts, Mystical Body

Six pots boil away on the stove; it’s my morning to cook! A new Fettuccine Alfredo recipe demands more of my focus. Still, I’m aware of the volunteer arrivals. Conversations and greetings spill in and I recognize familiar voices and notice newcomers.

Miraculously, without much coordination on most mornings, enough volunteers arrive before dawn to participate in our mission of providing a hot meal for a few hundred homeless men, women and sometimes children.

Our volunteers trek from all parts of the city. Many are Catholic, some are from other faith traditions and some not claiming any religious affiliation at all. They are all ages: parents with young children, retirees, college students and teenage youth groups. They come from varied life experiences: teachers, doctors, social workers, artists, peace activists and seekers.

Looking about the circle, gathered hand-in-hand in prayer before venturing out to serve the morning feast, I am often struck by the spectrum of diversity. People who are unlikely to cross paths and converse are in this moment standing side-by-side, ready to transcend any illusion of our separateness for the greater purpose at hand.

A mystical body is being formed as we are willing to move together into the zone of the suffering reality with vulnerable, compassionate hearts. A mystical body that not only coexists but coalesces to manifest and mirror the divine light present in all life.

The miracle of what happens at the Catholic Worker may be that the multitudes are fed. And with your help we have done this consistently for over thirty-two years. Yet I offer that in this historic moment another dimension of the Catholic Worker way becomes especially relevant. In a time where many are defaulting to a stance of hatred, intolerance, fear and divisiveness, we stay committed to the vision of Gospel love and nonviolence. We aim to provide a place for the many members of this broken body to find hope and healing in working together for the well being of the lost and forgotten. We need your financial kindness to continue our ministry here on the streets of Las Vegas.

PayPal will pay 101% of donations made to the Las Vegas Catholic Worker in December. See our website: www.lvcw.org

Las Vegas Catholic Worker
500 W. Van Buren Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106-3039


PLEASE JOIN US:

  • Wednesday-Saturday, 6:00 a.m.: Morning prayer at Catholic Worker.
  • Wednesday-Saturday, 6:30 a.m.: Breakfast served to 150-200 poor & homeless people.
  • Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Hospitality Day, we invite 20 homeless men home for showers, to wash clothes and for a great lunch.
  • Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: Vigil for Peace in front of Federal Courthouse, 333 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
  • Thursday, 10:30 a.m.: 50 lunches taken to the homeless.
  • Second Saturday of the month: Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast to the homeless.
  • Third Saturday of the month: Deliver food boxes to homes in need.

Las Vegas Catholic Worker
500 W. Van Buren Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106-3039
(702) 647-0728 ~ mail@lvcw.org ~ www.lvcw.org

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Christmas Gifts for Christian Children in Restricted Nations

Children from Christian families are often mistreated within their community and face great challenges because of their faith. In some countries, they are specifically targeted for persecution or forced conversion as a way of harming their parents’ ministry and witness. These children quickly learn the high cost of following Christ.

Each year The Voice of the Martyrs works through its network of field leaders around the world to reach the children of persecuted Christians with a special Christmas Care Pack. The contents, which are packed in school-type backpacks, are tailored to meet the unique needs of children in different regions. The backpacks include a variety of practical items for hygiene and education as well as a small toy. But the most important item in each Christmas Care Pack is a full-color, illustrated children’s Bible in the appropriate language. These Bibles are what the children cherish most, because at least 90 percent of children in restricted nations and hostile areas have never owned their own copy of God’s Word.

For only $30, you can ensure that a Christian child in a hostile or restricted nation will receive a Christmas Care Pack, including a Bible of his or her very own, this Christmas.

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International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Sunday, Nov. 5, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).

Join thousands of other churches across the United States and the world in prayer for our persecuted brothers and sisters. This year, The Voice of the Martyrs announces the release of the IDOP video Solitary Prayer, about VOM founder Richard Wurmbrand. This video features excerpts from the new Tortured for Christ movie, to be released in spring 2018.

 

As we pray for our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters, we must remember Jesus’ call to pray for the persecutors as well. We pray that persecuted Christians will have the grace and love to share the gospel with them and that they will come to know Christ.

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Help Send More Bibles

Last month we received an exciting report from our partners on the Korean Peninsula: “We’ve exceeded our goal!”

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As the year began, our goal for this project was to deliver 37,500 Bibles into North Korea. The Bibles are attached to weather balloons and launched from neighboring countries when wind conditions are right to carry them into North Korea. GPS technology helps us verify where the balloons and their life-giving cargo land.

Last summer it seemed that we might not reach our goal because weather conditions had not been favorable for the balloon launches. We posted a note on social media asking people to pray for better conditions, and God answered our prayers. Instead of falling short of the goal, our partners exceeded the goal, delivering 39,970 Bibles.

Please pray for the North Koreans who find these Bibles. Pray that God will open their eyes to the truth of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ, and protect them from being discovered and arrested.

This North Korea project was just a small piece of VOM’s overall strategy to deliver more than 1 million Bibles in 2017. More than two-thirds of the Bibles are already funded by people like you who are willing to give sacrificially to ensure that God’s Word reaches those in hostile and restricted nations.

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In addition to covert operations like the one in North Korea, VOM also provides Bibles in countries where we can distribute through local churches and other Christian groups. Children’s Bibles are an important part of these distributions as we help prepare the next generation to stand strong under persecution.

We invite you to join us in this vital work by contributing to our Bible-distribution efforts today.

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Help VOM distribute 1 million Bibles

They knew it was risky transporting boxes of Bibles and Christian books in their region of North Africa, but the pastor and a faithful church member chose to do it anyway. When police discovered their contraband cargo, they detained and interrogated the two Christians for several hours. The believers could face charges of proselytizing and transporting Christian materials without permission.

Another bold Christian, in Egypt, faced a potential three-year prison sentence after being arrested for distributing Bibles in a shopping area near Cairo. He was charged with “despising religion” and jailed for 15 days. Christians all over the world prayed for him during his detention.

The Voice of the Martyrs is committed to seeing every believer in a hostile or restricted nation receive a copy of God’s Word in his or her own language and in the most practical format. We invite you to sponsor Bibles to help us reach this goal.

More than 550,000 Bibles have been sponsored so far this year, including children’s Bibles, Bibles for adults and Bibles for secret distribution in the world’s most restricted nations.

We’re off to a great start. More than half a million Christians will have a copy of the Bible because of generous support from readers like you. But more Christians are waiting. Help us reach the 1 million Bible goal — and even surpass it — by sponsoring Bibles for distribution in hostile and restricted nations.

Click Here to Sponsor Bibles

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Stand with Christians in Sudan

The Voice of the Martyrs supports front-line workers in Sudan and around the world who sacrifice their own safety and comfort for the sake of sharing Jesus’ love among the persecuted.

In addition to supporting front-line workers, VOM also provides Bibles, medical aid, Action Packs and Family Med Packs to persecuted Christians in Sudan.

During the month of July, we invite you to make a special contribution to help support Sudanese Christians, who remain faithful despite persecution by a government that hates them in part because of their love for Jesus. Take this opportunity to stand with Christians in Sudan, and please pray for God’s protection and blessings on them.

Help Christians in Sudan

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World Community Grid

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As a World Community Grid volunteer, your device does research calculations when it’s idle, so just by using it as you do every day, you can help scientists get results in months instead of decades. With your help, they can identify the most important areas to study in the lab, bringing them one step closer to discoveries that save lives and address global problems.

It won’t slow you down. Our software monitors your device’s performance, so whatever you are doing on your device, it stays out of the way.

World Community Grid supports research that tackles our planet’s most pressing challenges, including environmental issues. That’s why we’re pleased to announce a new partnership with The Weather Company (an IBM business) and IBM Cloud to provide free technology and data for environmental and climate change projects.

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